A SONG OF THE NIGHT.
The wind is softly sighing round the house,
Tapping with gentle finger on the pane,
The scuttering footsteps of a tiny mouse
Rise in the distance and depart again.
A bird turns in its nest beneath the eaves
And twitters as it falls again to sleep;
Two roses kiss beneath the sheltering leaves,
An owl floats overhead with noiseless sweep.
A grasshopper chirps in the field below,
A moth goes fluttering round your bedroom wall,
Night’s silence and her voices come and go,
Her mystery and magic, on you fall.
All this you hear, but yet, alas, no more,
Although my heart is beating at your door.
Egerton, Alix. “A Song of the Night,” decorated by Pamela Colman Smith. The Green Sheaf, No. 12, 1904, p. 3. Green Sheaf Digital Edition, edited by Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, Yellow Nineties 2.0, Toronto Metropolitan University Centre for Digital Humanities, 2022. https://1890s.ca/GSV12-egerton-song/