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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
 
II. Light: Day: Night
Noontide
John Leyden (1775–1811)
 
BENEATH a shivering canopy reclined,
Of aspen-leaves that wave without a wind,
I love to lie, when lulling breezes stir
The spiry cones that tremble on the fir;
Or wander mid the dark-green fields of broom,        5
When peers in scattered tufts the yellow bloom;
Or trace the path with tangling furze o’errun,
When bursting seed-bells crackle in the sun,
And pittering grasshoppers, confus’dly shrill,
Pipe giddily along the glowing hill:        10
Sweet grasshopper, who lov’st at noon to lie
Serenely in the green-ribbed clover’s eye,
To sun thy filmy wings and emerald vest,
Unseen thy form, and undisturbed thy rest,
Oft have I listening mused the sultry day,        15
And wondered what thy chirping song might say,
When naught was heard along the blossomed lea,
To join thy music, save the listless bee.
 
 
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