The Last Robin
Lyrics and Sonnets


by Ethelwyn Wetherald



 

THE SONG SPARROW’S NEST.



HERE where tumultuous vines
    Shadow the porch at the west,
Leaf with tendril entwines
    Under a song sparrow’s nest.

She in her pendulous nook

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    Sways with the warm wind tide,
I with a pen or a book
    Rock as soft at her side.

Comrades with nothing to say,
    Neither of us intrudes,

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But through the lingering day
    Each of us sits and broods.

Not upon hate and fear,
    Not upon grief or doubt,
Not upon spite or sneer,

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    These we could never hatch out. [Page 86]

She broods on wonderful things:
    Quickening life that belongs
To a heart and a voice and wings,
    But—I’m not so sure of my songs!

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Then in the summer night,
    When I awake with a start,
I think of the nest at the height—
    The leafy height of my heart;

I think of the mother love,

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    Of the patient wings close furled,
Of the sky that broods above,
    Of the Love that broods on the world. [Page 87]