Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. V. Nature
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
VI. Animate Nature
The Skylark
James Hogg (1770–1835)
    BIRD of the wilderness,
    Blithesome and cumberless,
Sweet be thy matin o’er moorland and lea!
    Emblem of happiness,
    Blest is thy dwelling-place,—        5
O, to abide in the desert with thee!
    Wild is thy lay and loud
    Far in the downy cloud,
Love gives it energy, love gave it birth.
    Where, on thy dewy wing,        10
    Where art thou journeying?
Thy lay is in heaven, thy love is on earth.
    O’er fell and fountain sheen,
    O’er moor and mountain green,
O’er the red streamer that heralds the day.        15
    Over the cloudlet dim,
    Over the rainbow’s rim,
Musical cherub, soar, singing, away!
    Then, when the gloaming comes,
    Low in the heather blooms        20
Sweet will thy welcome and bed of love be!
    Emblem of happiness,
    Blest is thy dwelling-place,—
O, to abide in the desert with thee!

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