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“Canticle” was originally published in Griffith’s collection City Pastorals (James T. White & Company, 1918).

Canticle

William Griffith, 1878 - 1936

Devoutly worshipping the oak
Wherein the barred owl stares,
The little feathered forest folk
Are praying sleepy prayers.

Praying the summer to be long
And drowsy to the end,
And daily full of sun and song,
That broken hopes may mend.

Praying the golden age to stay
Until the whip-poor-will
Appoints a windy moving day,
And hurries from the hill.

This poem is in the public domain. 

This poem is in the public domain. 

William Griffith

William Griffith was born in Memphis, Montana, in 1878. He was a poet, prominent newspaper journalist, and editor. His books of poetry include City Views and Visions (Moffat, Yard & Company, 1911). Griffith died in 1936.