Katharine Lee Bates

Aug. 12, 1859 - Mar. 28, 1929


Birds And Books

by Katharine Lee Bates

All day these ruby-throated humming-birds,
Illiberal elves,
Draw honey from the bee-balm at my door
And offer me no share.

All day the poets with melodious words
Delight themselves,
And of their graciousness my strength restore
For sorrow I must bear.


Yellow Clover: A Book Of Remembrance
Copyright 1922
E. P. Dutton & Company, New York