Augustin S. Macdonald, comp. A Collection of Verse by California Poets. 1914.

By Edward Robeson Taylor


THE MURMUROUS monotone of waving grain

When winds are gently winging down the vale;

The storm-voiced billows drowning men bewail;

The pattering stroke of softly falling rain;

The sighing leaves that bend to every tale

The breezes tell; the songster’s lilting strain,

From feeblest note of all the joyful train

To rapturous burst of peerless nightingale;—

What are all these, and all that human ear

In sweetest concord from their kin can hear,

But hints of deeper rhythms as yet unheard;

That in the soul ineffable of things

An ordered Music, by the eternal word,

Throughout the vast of space divinely sings.