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First Line: In the golden noon-shine
Last Line: "cheep! Cheep! Cheep!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Katydids; Moon; Summer; Winter

IN the golden noon-shine,
Or in the pink of dawn;
In the silver moonshine,
Or when the moon is gone;
Open eyes, or drowsy lids,
'Wake or 'most asleep,
I can hear the katydids, --
"Cheep! Cheep! Cheep!"

Only in the winter-time
Do they ever stop,
In the chip-and-splinter-time,
When the backlogs pop, --
Then it is, the kettle-lids,
While the sparkles leap,
Lisp like the katydids, --
"Cheep! Cheep! Cheep!"

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