BY WOLD AND WOOD.
FLEET swallows soared and darted
'Neath empty vaults of blue;
Thick leaves close clung or parted
To let the sunlight through;
Each wild rosa, honey-hearted,
Bowed full of living dew.
Down deep, fair fields of Heaven,
Beat wafts of air and balm,
From southllmost islands driven
And continents of calm;
Bland winds by which were given
Hid hints of rustling palm.
High birds soared high to hover;
Thick leaves close clung to slip;
Wild rose and snowy clover
Were warm for winds to dip,
And one ungentle lover,
A bee with robber lip.