Songs of the Wind on a Southern Shore, and other Poems of Florida
by George E. Merrick
“The Song of the Whip–Poor–Will”
- 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
- Genre: Poetry
- Keywords: florida stories, poetry
- ✎ Cite This
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 June 04, 2023, from https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/202/songs-of-the-wind-on-a-southern-shore-and-other-poems-of-florida/4400/the-song-of-the-whippoorwill/
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. <https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/202/songs-of-the-wind-on-a-southern-shore-and-other-poems-of-florida/4400/the-song-of-the-whippoorwill/>. June 04, 2023.
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 June 04, 2023, https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/202/songs-of-the-wind-on-a-southern-shore-and-other-poems-of-florida/4400/the-song-of-the-whippoorwill/.
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.