They Told Me

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They Told Me
written by Walter de la Mare
Poems (1906)

They told me Pan was dead, but I
     Oft marvelled who it was that sang
Down the green valleys languidly
     Where the grey elder-thickets hang.

Sometimes I thought it was a bird
     My soul had charged with sorcery;
Sometimes it seemed my own heart heard
     Inland the sorrow of the sea.

But even where the primrose sets
     The seal of her pale loveliness,
I found amid the violets
     Tears of an antique bitterness.

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