Low Tide on Grand Pré: A Book of Lyrics

by Bliss Carman


 

AT THE VOICE OF A BIRD

Consurgent ad vocem volucris.


 

CALL to me, thrush,
     When night grows dim,
When dreams unform
     And death is far!

When hoar dews flush

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     On dawn’s rathe brim,
Wake me to hear
     Thy wildwood charm,

As a lone rush
     Astir in the slim

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White stream where sheer
     Blue mornings are.

Stir the keen hush
     On twilight’s rim
When my own star

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     Is white and clear.

Fly low to brush
     Mine eyelids grim,
Where sleep and storm
     Will set their bar;

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For God shall crush
     Spring balm for him,
Stark on his bier
     Past fault or harm,

Who once, as flush

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     Of day might skim
The dusk, afar
     In sleep shall hear

Thy song’s cool rush
     With joy rebrim

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The world, and calm
     The deep with cheer.

Then, Heartsease, hush!
     If sense grow dim,
Desire shall steer

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     Us home from far.