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First Line: Among the rocky cumberlands
Last Line: Closes a summer day.
Subject(s): Cumberland Mountains

Among the rocky Cumberlands
A summer day is ending;
Th' woodman now is ending;
His homeward way is wending.

The sun is his from sight, but leaves
A pleasant afterglow
On western hills, and quietude
And peace are reigning now.

And from the woodland pasture
The cattle slowly roam;
I hear the jingle of their bells
Now on their journey home.

The robin gay has caroled
His sweet and good-night lay;
And with his mate has gone to sleep,
Until another day.

The whippo'will so plaintive
His night song has begun,
And everywhere's the music
Of insects' ceaseless hum.

And now and then the night-hawk
Will scream so loud and shrill,
I hear him on some distant peak,
When all things else are still.

So calmly and so peacefully,
Just in this charm-ful way,
Among the rocky Cumberlands
Closes a summer day.

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