by William Henry Davies (1871 - 1940)

When on a summer's morn
Language: English 
When on a summer's morn I wake,
    And open my two eyes, 
Out to the clear, born-singing rills
    My bird-like spirit flies.

To hear the Blackbird, Cuckoo, Thrush,
    Or any bird in song; 
And common leaves that hum all day
    Without a throat or tongue.

And when Time strikes the hour for sleep,
    Back in my room alone, 
My heart has many a sweet bird's song --
    And one that's all my own. 


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This text was added to the website: 2009-01-15
Line count: 12
Word count: 72