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Madison Julius Cawein



    When wildflower blue and wildflower white
    The wildflowers lay their heads together,
    And the moon-moth glimmers along the night,
    And the wandering firefly flares its light,
    And the full moon rises broad and bright,
    Then, then it is elfin weather.


    And fern and flower on top of the hill
    Are a fairy wood where the fairies camp;
    And there, to the pipe of the cricket shrill,
    And the owl's bassoon or the whippoorwill,
    They whirl their wildest and trip their fill
    By the light of the glowworm's lamp.


    And the green tree-toad and the katydid
    Are the henchmen set to guard their dance;
    At whose cry they creep 'neath the dewy lid
    Of a violet's eye, or close lie hid
    In a bluebell's ear, if a mortal 'mid
    The moonlit woods should chance.


    And the forest-fly with its gossamer wings,
    And filmy body of rainbow dye,
    Is the ouphen steed each elfin brings,
    Whereon by the light of the stars he swings,
    When the dance is done and the barn-cock sings,
    And the dim dawn streaks the sky.

This poem is in the public domain.

Madison Julius Cawein (1865 - 1914) was a poet from Louisville, Kentucky, who loved to write about nature. Sometimes referred to as "the Keats of Kentucky," Madison published more than thirty books of his own work and translated numerous others written by German poets. While nature was his favorite theme--his wonderfully detailed poems about his native state's flora and fauna have been called a "veritable nature guide to the Kentucky woodlands"--Madison also wrote about a broad range of other subjects, ranging from vampires to fairies. Critically popular, internationally acclaimed, and frequently published in contemporary magazines of his day, Madison was rendered almost destitute by the stock market crash in 1912 and was forced to sell his home and much of his library collection to survive.


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Posted 09/28/2015 07:11 AM
Extremely descriptive. Lovely
Posted 09/28/2015 01:13 AM

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