A Summer's Night


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Publication Information

Published in Lyrics of Lowly Life (1895)

Performed by Herbert Woodward Martin

Musical Settings

Philip Hayden, A Summer's Night (January 2004)


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.