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The Drowsy World Dreams On

A flower bloomed out on a woodland hill,
A song rose up from the woodland rill;
But the floweret bloomed but to wither away,
And no man heard what the stream had to say,
  For the drowsy world dreamed on.

Thro the frills of a curtain a moonbeam crept,
Till it fell on the crib where a nursling slept;
And a whisper and smile lit a wee dimpled face,
But none save the angels their beauty could trace,
  For the drowsy world dreamed on.

A wee bird piped out mid the corn,
A rose bloomed out beneath the thorn;
But the scent of the rose and the birdling’s lay
On the winds of the morning were wafted away
  While the drowsy world dreamed on.

And the drowsy old world’s growing gloomy and gray,
While the joys that are sweetest are passing away;
And the charms that inspire like the picture of dawn
Are but playthings of Time—they gleam and are gone,
    While the drowsy world dreams on. 

Credit


This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on August 22, 2021, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem


“The Drowsy World Dreams on” appeared in Chords and Discords (The Gorham Press, 1920).

Author


Walter Everette Hawkins

Walter Everette Hawkins was born around 1888 in North Carolina. He is the author of Chords and Discords (The Gorham Press, 1920) and worked as a mail clerk in the post office of the City of Washington.

Date Published: 1920-02-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/drowsy-world-dreams