How hushed and still are earth and air,
How languid neath the suns fierce ray
Drooping and faintthe flowrets fair,
On this hot, sultry, summer day!
Vainly I watch the streamlet blue
That near my cottage home doth pass,
No ripple stirs its azure hue,
Stillwaveless, as a sheet of glass
And if I woo from yonder trees
A breath of coolness for my brow,
Theyve none to givenot een a breeze
Rustles amid their foliage now;
Yes, hush! there stirred a leaf, but no,
Tis only some poor, panting bird,
With silenced note, head drooping low,
That mid the shady green boughs stirred.
Oh dear! how sultry! vain to seek
To while the time with pleasant book,
Soon drowsy head and crimsoned cheek
Oblivious oer its pages droop
And motion is beyond my power,
While breathing this hot, scorching air,
It wearies me to raise the flowers,
That lie so close beside my chair.
See stealing, wearied from their play,
The flushed and languid children come,
Saying that on so hot a day
Theyd much prefer to stay at home.
Themselves upon the ground they throw,
Cheeks pillowed on each rounded arm
And fall asleep soon, murmuring low,
And wondering why it is so warm?
If yonder patient sheep and kine,
Close shrinking from the suns hot flame,
Had mans giftpower of speech divine,
They surely would repeat the same
Each blade of grass, each fainting flower,
Would whisper to the shrubs and trees,
How much they longed for evenings hour,
With cooling breath and grateful breeze.