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The Caged Thrush Freed and Home Again (Villanelle)

 "Men know but little more than we, 
Who count us least of things terrene, 
How happy days are made to be! 

"Of such strange tidings what think ye, 
O birds in brown that peck and preen? 
Men know but little more than we! 

"When I was borne from yonder tree 
In bonds to them, I hoped to glean 
How happy days are made to be, 

"And want and wailing turned to glee; 
Alas, despite their mighty mien 
Men know but little more than we! 

"They cannot change the Frost's decree, 
They cannot keep the skies serene; 
How happy days are made to be 

"Eludes great Man's sagacity 
No less than ours, O tribes in treen! 
Men know but little more than we 
How happy days are made to be.
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Poem by Thomas Hardy
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