The Dusky Wood-Swallow

Surely must you know me,
 Friendly and content;
All my actions show me
 Freely confident;
With my band of toilers,
  When the blue days smile:
Little Jacky Martin
  Come to stay a while.

Every town and village
  Knows me, every farm.
Mine no wish to pillage,
  Mine no will to harm;
Busy in the orchard,
  My pest-destroying band:
Little Jacky Martin
  Come to lend a hand.

Suddenly appearing
  In far forest land
When you've cut a clearing,
  Lo, I am at hand,
Wheeling, soaring floating
  Where the new fields bask;
Little Jacky Martin
  Come to aid the task.

In the chilly weather
  See us in the trees,
Huddled up together
  Like the swarming bees.
Awing again and toiling
  When the chill days end;
Little Jacky Martin
  Everybody's friend.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011



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