April Airs: A Book of New England Lyrics

by Bliss Carman


 

SONGS OF THE GRASS


 

I
ON THE DUNES

 

HERE all night on the dunes
In the rocking wind we sleep,
Watched by the sentry stars,
Lulled by the drone of the deep.

Till hark, in the chill of the dawn

5
A field lark wakes and cries,
And over the floor of the sea
We watch the round sun rise.

The world is washed once more
In a tide of purple and gold,

10
And the heart of the land is filled
With desires and dreams untold.

 

II
LORD OF MORNING

 

Lord of morning, light of day,
Sacred color-kindling sun,
We salute thee in the way,—
15
Pilgrims robed in rose and dun.

For thou art a pilgrim too,
Overlord of all our band.
In thy fervor we renew
Quests we do not understand.

20

At thy summons we arise,
At thy touch put glory on,
And with glad unanxious eyes
Take the journey thou hast gone.

 

III
THE TRAVELLER

 

Before the night-blue fades
25
And the stars are quite gone,
I lift my head
At the noiseless tread
Of the angel of dawn.

I hear no word, yet my heart

30
Is beating apace;
Then in glory all still
On the eastern hill
I behold his face.

All day through the world he goes,

35
Making glad, setting free;
Then his day’s work done,
On the galleon sun
He sinks in the sea.