|Bliss Carman, et al., eds. The Worlds Best Poetry.|
Volume V. Nature. 1904.
|VI. Animate Nature|
|William Cowper (17311800)|
From The Task, Book I.
TEN thousand warblers cheer the day, and one
|The livelong night: nor these alone, whose notes|
|Nice-fingered Art must emulate in vain,|
|But cawing rooks, and kites that swim sublime|
|In still repeated circles, screaming loud,|| 5|
|The jay, the pie, and evn the boding owl,|
|That hails the rising moon, have charms for men.|
|Sounds inharmonious in themselves and harsh,|
|Yet heard in scenes where peace for ever reigns|
|And only there, please highly for their sake.|| 10|