- Year Published: 1913
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Dunbar, P.L. (1913). The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.5
- Word Count: 72
Dunbar, P. (1913). "A Summer's Night". Lyrics of Lowly Life (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved August 20, 2014, from
Dunbar, Paul Laurence. ""A Summer's Night"." Lyrics of Lowly Life. Lit2Go Edition. 1913. Web. <>. August 20, 2014.
Paul Laurence Dunbar, ""A Summer's Night"," Lyrics of Lowly Life, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed August 20, 2014,.
The night is dewy as a maiden’s mouth,
The skies are bright as are a maiden’s eyes,
Soft as a maiden’s breath the wind that flies
Up from the perfumed bosom of the South.
Like sentinels, the pines stand in the park;
And hither hastening, like rakes that roam,
With lamps to light their wayward footsteps home,
The fireflies come stagg’ring down the dark.