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PRAIRIE MUSIC, by            
First Line: The music of the prairie is a tantalizing thing
Last Line: Over-ridden by the high cry of the night birds' wanderings.
Subject(s): Melodies; Music & Musicians


The music of the prairie is a tantalizing thing,
When the grass folk greet the evening hills and creeks and coulees ring,
Though each voice with dew is muted, how they swell and swank and swing!
Soft as sighing, shrill as wind notes, striking sharp as castanets
Sweet is katydid's persistence, harsh the slough frogs' mixed quartets,
Weird the siren of cicadas from their leafy minarets.
Through the pulsing undercurrent of the myriad winged things
Sounds the rhythmic all-night twanging of the cricket's banjo strings
Over-ridden by the high cry of the night birds' wanderings.





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