Grand Haven Daily Tribune December 12, 1901
Morning, Noon and Night.
BY DAVID FLETCHER HUNTON.
When fair Aurora’s rosy arms
Are lifted in the eastern skies;
The morning comes with all its charms,
A grand and beautiful surprise!
Heaven's concave dome is then so fair,
Gleaming with such resplendent hue;
I often wish that I were there,
Walking along the trackless blue!
‘Tis then I listen with delight,
To all the melodies of song;
A thousand birds with plumage bright,
Wait their sweet minstrelsy along:
Great Phoebus climbs the misty skies,
To kiss the dewy meadows green;
And flowers of beauty dry their eyes,
To look on morning’s lovely scene.
Soon, o’er the earth the noontide creeps—
Small cloudlets sail athwart the sky;
The noisy crickets fall asleep
And idle winds move gently by:
Then falls the Sun’s hot blistering breath,
Down from the zenith of the skies;
And growing crops stand still as death,
‘Neath the fierce gaze of Phoebus’ eyes.
The flowers, in all their grand array,
Look up with starry eyes aglow;
And worship the great God of day,
For all his cordial smiles below:
The katy-dids and crickets come,
Singing their songs at day’s decline:
And ‘round the farmer’s rustic home
The midges dance and glow worms shine.
The roses fold their silken lips,
Fox gloves shut up their speckled bells;
The night-hawk through the twilight dips
With whirring sound into the dells:
Then comes the grateful evening breeze,
The lovely wanderer of the sea;
Kissing the flowers and forest trees,
And brings a cooling breath to me.
When shadows fall athwart the sky,
And crimson clouds pale in the west;
I love upon the hills to lie
Above the old lake’s burnished breast:
To hear the lapping waves refrain,
As they advance to kiss the shore;
See them recede, and come again,
And just as loving as before!
I love the star wrought dome of night,
And all the constellations there!
I love to watch their ceaseless light,
And hear their seeming voice of prayer:
I am in love with all around,
And charmed with this resplendent sight;
I linger here in thought profound,
Enraptured with this jeweled night.
Grand Haven, Mich., August 16th, 1901.
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