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Poem by James Hogg


The Skylark


Bird of the wilderness,
Blithesome and cumberless,
Sweet be thy matin o'er moorland and lea!
Emblem of happiness,
Blest is thy dwelling-place -
O to abide in the desert with thee!

Wild is thy lay and loud,
Far in the downy cloud,
Love gives it energy, love gave it birth.
Where, on thy dewy wing,
Where art thou journeying?
Thy lay is in heaven, thy love is on earth.

O'er fell and fountain sheen,
O'er moor and mountain green,
O'er the red streamer that heralds the day,
Over the cloudlet dim,
Over the rainbow's rim,
Musical cherub, soar, singing, away!

Then, when the gloaming comes,
Low in the heather blooms
Sweet will thy welcome and bed of love be!
Emblem of happiness,
Blest is thy dwelling-place -
O to abide in the desert with thee! 



James Hogg


James Hogg's other poems:
  1. The Laird o' Lamington
  2. Kilmeny
  3. Athol Cummers
  4. The SoldierТs Widow
  5. A Boy's Song


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Christina Rossetti The Skylark ("The earth was green, the sky was blue")
  • William Shenstone The Skylark ("Go, tuneful bird! that gladd'st the skies")

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