by: Danske Dandridge (1854-1914)
- OME down from the aerial height,
- Spirit of the summer night!
- Come softly stepping from the slender Moon,
- Where thou dost lie upon her gentle breast,
- And bring a boon
- Of silence and of solace for our rest.
- Or lift us, lift our souls to that bright place
- Where she doth hide her face;
- Lap us in light and cooling fleece, and steep
- Our hearts in stillness; drench in drowsy dreams;
- Grant us the pleasant langour that beseems
- And rock our sleep.
- Quell thy bared lightning in the sombre west;
- Quiet thy thunder-dogs that bay the Moon;
- Soothe the day's fretting, like a tender nurse;
- Breathe on our spirits 'till they be in tune:
- Were it not best
- To hush all noises in the universe,
- And bless with solemn quietude, that thus
- The still, small voice of God might speak to us?
POEMS BY DANSKE DANDRIDGE
"Silence" is reprinted
from Joy and Other Poems. Danske Dandridge. New York:
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1900.