- 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: 125
Merrick, G. (1920). “Clouds and Hopes”. Songs of the Wind on a Southern Shore, and other Poems of Florida (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved April 21, 2015, from
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George E. Merrick, "“Clouds and Hopes”," Songs of the Wind on a Southern Shore, and other Poems of Florida, Lit2Go Edition, (1920), accessed April 21, 2015,.
The wind sings drear in the pines to-night;
And the struggling moon shines dim;
Far off—the song of the night-bird’s flight
Comes dull as a funeral hymn.—
The scuds that fly o’er the gray-lit sky
By the moon so dull and sad
Are ghostly forms that pass and die
As the hopes we once have had.
Dark hopeless forms on the night-wind’s wing
Passing onward in endless flight.
To one afar,—where the skylarks sing,
And the dawn in its fresh-born light
Is tuning the heart to the merriest lay,
And gilding all nature with gold;—
These forms now so dull,—’neath the magical day,
Who knows but great Promise may hold?