When the Cuckoo Sings

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When the Cuckoo Sings
by William Henry Davies
From Foliage (1913)

In summer, when the Cuckoo sings,
  And clouds like greater moons can shine;
When every leafy tree doth hold
  A loving heart that beats with mine:
Now, when the Brook has cresses green,
  As well as stones, to check his pace;
And, if the Owl appears, he's forced
  By small birds to some hiding-place:
Then, like red Robin in the spring,
  I shun those haunts where men are found;
My house holds little joy until
  Leaves fall and birds can make no sound;
Let none invade that wilderness
  Into whose dark green depths I go—
Save some fine lady, all in white,
  Comes like a pillar of pure snow.


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The author died in 1940, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.