Come here! Come here! Summer is on the way!
The Oriole is calling in the blossom-time of May.
At some glad moment was it nature's choice
To dower a scrap of sunset with a voice?
I know his name, I know his note
That so with rapture takes my soul;
Like flame the gold beneath his throat,
His glossy cap is black as coal,
O, Oriole, it is the song you sang me
from the cottonwood;
Too young to feel that I was young,
Too glad to guess if life were good.
|-- Wm. Dean Howells|
And the people said when they saw them there,
The Fairy umbrellas out in the rain:
"O Spring has come, so sweet and so fair,
For there are those odd little toadstools again."
New courage, nobler vision, will survive
That I have known my kinship to the flower,
My brotherhood with rain, and in this vale
Have been a moment's friend to all alive.
"God of the open air."
The little cares that fretted me,
I lost them yesterday,
Among the fields, above the sea,
Among the winds at play;
Among the lowing of the herds,
The rustling of the trees,
Among the singing of the birds,
The humming of the bees.
The foolish fears of what may happen,
I cast them all away
Among the clover-scented grass,
Among the new-mown hay;
Among the rustling of the corn,
Where the drowsy poppies nod,
Where ill thoughts die and good are born
Out in the fields with God.
There's magic in the small bird's note --
See -- there he flits -- the Yellow-throat;
A living sunbeam, tipped with wings,
A spark of light that shines and sings
Witchery -- witchery -- witchery.
The little bird sits in the nest and sings
A shy, soft song to the morning light;
And it flutters a little and primes its wings.
The song is halting, and poor, and brief,
And the fluttering wings scarce stir a leaf.
But the note is prelude to sweeter things
And the busy bill and the flutter slight,
Are proving the wings for a bolder flight!
|-- Paul Dunbar|
The breeze warbles and the mute, still air
Is music slumbering on her instrument.
The flower thine eye beholdest today
Hath in god's spirit bloomed eternally.
|-- Angelus Silossius, 1650.|