Wild Garden

by Bliss Carman


 

THE FIELD-LARK

TO A.E.D.


 

Ah, though doubtless you aver
Other songs are lovelier,—

None casts such a spell o’er me
As the field-lark’s sorcery.

It recaptures one swift year

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When the Golden Age drew near,—

Summer by the Sconset shore
With the ocean at the door.

The warm smell of bayberry
And sweet fern comes back to me,

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And the floor of blue and gold
From the cliff’s foot is unrolled.

I can feel the soft wind blow,
Breath of grasses whispering low,

Where in peace the lone moors lie

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And the field-larks nest and cry.

Like a boatswain piping clear
Silver magic to the ear,

Down the wind comes eerily
That wild music by the sea.

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Well I know that sliding call
With its haunting slur and fall,

When the air is filled with sound
From a nest upon the ground.…

Many a morning in the hills

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My enchanted spirit thrills

At a whistle from the grass
Of a sudden as I pass.

Then am I borne far away.…
It is morning on a day

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Where the Path to Sankoty
Climbs the moors above the sea,

And the breakers boom and sigh
To the moor-lark’s shrilling cry.