For works with similar titles, see A Summer's Night (Mumford).


             A SUMMER'S NIGHT

The night is dewy as a maiden's mouth,
  The skies are bright as are a maiden's eyes,
  Soft as a maiden's breath the wind that flies
Up from the perfumed bosom of the South.
Like sentinels, the pines stand in the park;
  And hither hastening, like rakes that roam,
  With lamps to light their wayward footsteps home,
The fireflies come stagg'ring down the dark.

This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.