Poetry, VOLUME 8

Robert Williams Buchanan – “Even-Song” [Poem]

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Robert Williams Buchanan was a Scottish poet who died on this date in 1901.

Robert Williams Buchanan



SAFE in its earth nest lying,
The bird is closing its eyes:
Dream!—while the wind is flying
From its lair in the lofty skies!
Sweet in its earth nest lying,
The flower is sinking to sleep:
Dream!—while the waves are crying
On shores of the mighty deep!

For, dearest, thine eyelid closes,
Safe as the bird’s in the bower;
Thy golden brow reposes,
Sweet as the head of the flower.
Night wind, murmur yonder!
Sea-wave, break and scream!
Your voices can never wander
To the beautiful shores of Dream!


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