Classic and Contemporary Poetry
THE MUTE SINGER, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY Poet's Biography
First Line: The morning sun seemed fair as
Last Line: Sang gloriously.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Night; Singing & Singers; Speech Disorders; Bedtime; Stuttering; Muteness
THE morning sun seemed fair as though
It were a great red rose ablow
In lavish bloom,
With all the air for its perfume, --
Yet he who had been wont to sing,
Could trill no thing.
Supine, at noon, as he looked up
Into the vast inverted cup
Of heavenly gold,
Brimmed with its marvels manifold,
And his eye kindled, and his cheek --
Song could not speak.
Night fell forebodingly; he knew
Soon must the rain be falling, too, --
And, home, heartsore,
A missive met him at the door --
-- Then Song lit on his lips, and he
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