Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. V. Nature
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
II. Light: Day: Night
“The midges dance aboon the burn”
Robert Tannahill (1774–1810)
THE MIDGES dance aboon the burn;
  The dews begin to fa’;
The pairtricks down the rushy holm
  Set up their e’ening ca’.
Now loud and clear the blackbird’s sang        5
  Rings through the briery shaw,
While, flitting gay, the swallows play
  Around the castle wa’.
Beneath the golden gloamin’ sky
  The mavis mends her lay;        10
The redbreast pours his sweetest strains
  To charm the lingering day;
While weary yeldrins seem to wail
  Their little nestlings torn,
The merry wren, frae den to den,        15
  Gaes jinking through the thorn.
The roses fauld their silken leaves,
  The foxglove shuts its bell;
The honeysuckle and the birk
  Spread fragrance through the dell.        20
Let others crowd the giddy court
  Of mirth and revelry,
The simple joys that nature yields
  Are dearer far to me.

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