The Song In The Dell

Charles Edward Carryl 1841 (New York) – 1920

I KNOW a way
Of hearing what the larks and linnets say:
 The larks tell of the sunshine and the sky;
 The linnets from the hedges make reply,
And boast of hidden nests with mocking lay.
 
  I know a way
Of keeping near the rabbits at their play:
 They tell me of the cool and shady nooks
 Where waterfalls disturb the placid brooks
That I may go and frolic in the spray.
 
  I know a way
Of catching dewdrops on a night in May,
 And threading them upon a spear of green,
 That through their sides translucent may be seen
The sparkling hue that emeralds display.
 
  I know a way
Of trapping sunbeams as they nimbly play
 At hide-and-seek with meadow-grass and flowers,
 And holding them in store for dreary hours
When winds are chill and all the sky is gray.
 
  I know a way
Of stealing fragrance from the new-mown hay
 And storing it in flasks of petals made,
 To scent the air when all the flowers fade
And leave the woodland world to sad decay.
 
  I know a way
Of coaxing snowflakes in their flight to stay
 So still awhile, that, as they hang in air,
 I weave them into frosty lace, to wear
About my head upon a sultry day.

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