- 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.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 7.2
- Word Count: 113
Merrick, G. (1920). “The Song of the Whip–Poor–Will”. Songs of the Wind on a Southern Shore, and other Poems of Florida (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved July 31, 2016, from
Merrick, George E.. "“The Song of the Whip–Poor–Will”." Songs of the Wind on a Southern Shore, and other Poems of Florida. Lit2Go Edition. 1920. Web. <>. July 31, 2016.
George E. Merrick, "“The Song of the Whip–Poor–Will”," Songs of the Wind on a Southern Shore, and other Poems of Florida, Lit2Go Edition, (1920), accessed July 31, 2016,.
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.