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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
Little Songs of the Forest
By William Griffith
From “Woodwinds”

Spring Song

SOFTLY at dawn a whisper stole
    Down from the Green House on the Hill,
Enchanting many a ghostly bole
    And wood song with the ancient thrill.
Gossiping on the countryside,        5
    Spring and the wandering breezes say
God has thrown heaven open wide
    And let the thrushes out today.

The Moon puts on her silver veil
    And shawl of lace: and with far lutes        10
And violins in many a dale
    The thrushes blow their woodland flutes.
Oh, and with many a ghostly cheer,
    Under the moon the forest heaves
And sways with ecstasy to hear        15
    The eerie laughter of the leaves.

Devoutly worshiping the oak
Wherein the barred owl stares,
The little feathered forest folk
Are praying sleepy prayers:        20
Praying the summer to be long
And drowsy to the end,
And daily full of sun and song,
That broken hopes may mend.
Praying the golden age to stay        25
Until the whippoorwill
Appoints a windy moving-day,
And hurries from the hill.
Autumn Song

Once more the crimson rumor
Fills the forest and the town;        30
And the green fires of summer
Are burning—burning down.
Oh, the green fires of summer
Are burning down once more;
And my heart is in the ashes        35
On the forest floor!

Since yesterday has been no word,
Nor voice of anything
To thrill the forest: and no bird
Has any heart to sing.        40
Since yesterday has been no track
Of Pan nor any power,
To lure the gypsy summer back,
And fool a single flower.

Gray are the sentry leaves and thinned
That whisper at my cabin door,
Sighing and mourning as the wind
Worries and walks the forest floor.
O leaves, O leaves that find no voice
In the white silence of the snows,        50
To bid the crimson woods rejoice,
Or wake the wonder of the rose!

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