Classic and Contemporary Poetry
A LARK SINGING IN THE CITY, by GEORGE ROBERTS (19TH CENTURY)
First Line: Earth-nested bird, when you were free
Last Line: Of earth and sun our joy we keep.
Subject(s): Birds; Larks; Skylarks
EARTH-nested bird, when you were free
To soar and sing exultingly,
Your day was a revel in sun and light
And your rest was so close to the earth at night,
That now in your cage on a fourth-floor sill
Your song is as blithe as o'er meadow or hill.
Though beneath you surges the crowd in the street,
Though your sky is a space of fifty feet
You can still have sight of the sun your god,
And have still six inches of clover-sod.
Your song of rejoicing to be is strong
To rise over the noise of the city throng.
It falls upon our dusty hearts
Like the glittering spray from water-carts,
And tells us if we drink but deep
Of earth and sun our joy we keep.
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