The Poets and Poetry of America/The Annoyer

416844The Poets and Poetry of America — The AnnoyerNathaniel Parker Willis

             Sogna il guerriér le schiere,
                Le sel ve il cacciatór;
                E sogna il pescatór;
                Le reti, e l' amo. Metastasio.

Love knoweth every form of air,
  And every shape of earth,
And comes, unbidden, everywhere,
  Like thought's mysterious birth.
The moonlight sea and the sunset sky
  Are written with Love's words,
And you hear his voice unceasingly,
  Like song in the time of birds.

He peeps into the warrior's heart
  From the tip of a stooping plume,
And the serried spears, and the many men
  May not deny him room.
He'll come to his tent in the weary night,
  And be busy in his dream;
And he'll float to his eye in morning light
  Like a fay on a silver beam.

He hears the sound of the hunter's gun,
  And rides on the echo back,
And sighs in his ear like a stirring leaf,
  And flits in his woodland track.
The shade of the wood, and the sheen of the river,
  The cloud, and the open sky—
He will haunt them all with his subtle quiver,
  Like the light of your very eye.

The fisher hangs over the leaning boat,
  And ponders the silver sea,
For Love is under the surface hid,
  And a spell of thought has he.
He heaves the wave like a bosom sweet,
  And speaks in the ripple low,
Till the bait is gone from the crafty line,
  And the hook hangs bare below.

He blurs the print of the scholar's book,
  And intrudes in the maiden's prayer.
And profanes the cell of the holy man,
  In the shape of a lady fair.
In the darkest night, and the bright daylight,
  In earth, and sea, and sky,
In every home of human thought,
  Will Love be lurking night.

This work was published before January 1, 1929, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.

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