Songs of the Wind on a Southern Shore, and other Poems of Florida

by George E. Merrick

“The Song of the Whip–Poor–Will”

Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1920
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Source: Merrick, G. E. (1920). Songs of the wind on a southern shore, and other poems of florida. The Four Seas Publishing Co.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 7.2
  • Word Count: 113
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Keywords: florida stories, poetry
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When calm the night, in silv’ry moonlight drown’d,
And hushed in folds of deep and dreamless sleep
Seem all the world, a plaintive mournful sound
Disturbs the silent air, and breaks the deep—
And awesome hush with notes of tenor shrill;
Quick uttered notes in ceaseless monotone,
And filled with the weird sadness the whip-poor-will
Unburdens alone, to the kindly moon.

Thy song so simple, hath yet a charm
That weaves all unconsciously into the spell
The moonlight throws around. Thy quick alarm
Bears tales of long complaint: that blends in flight
With murmured woes that sobbing pin-boughs tell:
And, sad, regretful, speaks for list’ning Night.