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 poem is in the public domain.
"A Summer's Night" appeared in The Collected Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar (Dodd, Mead and Company, 1913).