The Piping Mountainy Man
To Josephine Peabody Marks.
And over the April plain,
I saw a twinkle of white-limbed boys
In a shower of April rain.
A drift of shining fair-limbed boys
In the light of an April shower
Were dancing around a mountainy man
Like the petals of a flower.
A wind came over the April hills
And over the April rain;
The sunlight laughed from an April cloud
And the Spring laughed back again.
The mountainy man arose and piped
A skirling on the wind,
And the drift of shining white-limbed boys
Came skipping along behind.
They followed him over the meadows,
And sang by the running rills,
And danced with him in the sunlight,
And laughed with him on the hills,
Till they came to the edge of the ocean,
And ran to the end of the lea,
Where they dance on the rippling waters,
And run on the sands of the sea.
Edward J. O'Brien
from White Fountain: Odes and lyrics, 1917
[Poem is in the public domain in Canada, the United States, and the European Union]
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