Elizabeth Stoddard




by Elizabeth Stoddard

Read by the wayside, read by the brook,
That this is the passion of the year;
Look at the fields, look at the woods,
Look upon me, and -- draw near!

Just as these days are, so is my heart;
Lilies are flaming, berries are ripe;
Alders blow sweet, acorns are full --
And the bobolink's young ones pipe!

Ponder the river, ponder the sky,
Hazy and gray, hazy and blue;
Study the trees wed to the wind --
I promise you I'll be as true!

Yes, true as August -- as the birds' song,
The sweet fern's scent, the weedy, blue shore,
The shine of vines, smilax, and grape --
What can you ask for more?


Copyright 1895
Houghton, Mifflin And Company, Boston And New York