Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LOVE'S BIRD, by KATHARINE TYNAN

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First Line: When thrushes rest the weary head
Last Line: Through the sweet night with rustling wings?
Alternate Author Name(s): Hinkson, Katharine Tynan
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of

WHEN thrushes rest the weary head,
And linnets lie in gold and green,
When blackbirds on a downy bed
Are silvered with a moony sheen,

What voice awakes the emerald house?
What love incarnate flies on wings?
What passion shakes the trembling boughs?
It is the Bird of Love that sings.

It is the Bird of Love that sings,
Stabbing our silence like a sword,
And Love himself that flies on wings.
God and enchanter and no bird.

Our moon of honey, our marriage moon
Rides in the heaven for our delight.
The silver world grows golden soon,
Honey and gold spilled in the night.

The Bird of Love, the Bird of Pain,
He sings our marriage moon away;
Filling the night with golden rain,
Betwixt the darkness and the day.

Closer and closer, hold me close,
For is it Love or Death he sings?
And is it Love or Death that goes
Through the sweet night with rustling wings?

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