Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. V. Nature
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
III. The Seasons
Invocation to Rain in Summer
William Cox Bennett (1820–1895)
O GENTLE, gentle summer rain,
  Let not the silver lily pine,
The drooping lily pine in vain
  To feel that dewy touch of thine,—
To drink thy freshness once again,        5
O gentle, gentle summer rain!
In heat the landscape quivering lies;
  The cattle pant beneath the tree;
Through parching air and purple skies
  The earth looks up, in vain, for thee;        10
For thee—for thee, it looks in vain,
O gentle, gentle summer rain.
Come thou, and brim the meadow streams,
  And soften all the hills with mist,
O falling dew! from burning dreams        15
  By thee shall herb and flower be kissed,
And Earth shall bless thee yet again,
O gentle, gentle summer rain.

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