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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
The Whippoorwill
By James Riley
SWEET bird of twilight’s hour! when all is still,
And cool gray shadows close the scene of song,
Then to the full round moon, all clear and strong,
Thou soundest out thy lay beside some rill
Where Nature, thousand-tongued, all day did thrill        5
June with her rosy bowers, which now belong
To thee! where to the many-twinkling stars thou long
Hast all thy inmost soul-life piped, until,
Enraptured, even Melancholy to thee yields
Her cypress crown, that shadows all the plains.        10
Sing on, O bird of eve! Let hills and streams
Where Silence rests on the dew-jewelled fields
List long unto thy sweet, mellifluous strains,
While in the west pale Evening sits and dreams.

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