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About this Poem 

"[I am but a small-winged bird]" first appeared in Poem Outlines (Scribner's Sons, 1908).

[I am but a small-winged bird]

     I am but a small-winged bird:
But I will conquer the big world
     As the bee-martin beats the crow,
By attacking it always from Above.

This poem is in the public domain.

This poem is in the public domain.

Sidney Lanier

Sidney Lanier

Sidney Lanier was born in Macon, Georgia, in 1842.

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Glooms of the live-oaks, beautiful-braided and woven 
With intricate shades of the vines that myriad-cloven 
  Clamber the forks of the multiform boughs,-- 
                        Emerald twilights,-- 
                        Virginal shy lights, 
Wrought of the leaves to allure to the whisper of vows, 
When
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Out of the hills of Habersham,
Down the valleys of Hall,
I hurry amain to reach the plain,
Run the rapid and leap the fall,
Split at the rock and together again,
Accept my bed, or narrow or wide,
And flee from folly on every side
With a lover's pain to attain the plain
Far from the hills of Habersham,
Far from
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The feverish heaven with a stitch in the side,
     Of lightning.