The Culprit Fay and Other Poems

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Author: Joseph Rodman Drake

I.

’TIS the middle watch of a summer’s night -
The earth is dark, but the heavens are bright;
Nought is seen in the vault on high
But the moon, and the stars, and the cloudless sky,
And the flood which rolls its milky hue,
A river of light on the welkin blue.
The moon looks down on old Cronest,
She mellows the shades on his shaggy breast,
And seems his huge gray form to throw
In a sliver cone on the wave below;

His sides are broken by spots of shade,
By the walnut bough and the cedar made,
And through their clustering branches dark
Glimmers and dies the fire-fly’s spark -
Like starry twinkles that momently break
Through the rifts of the gathering tempest’s rack.

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Chicago: Joseph Rodman Drake, "I.," The Culprit Fay and Other Poems in The Culprit Fay and Other Poems (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed April 25, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CKUBG54MSBXX3QH.

MLA: Drake, Joseph Rodman. "I." The Culprit Fay and Other Poems, in The Culprit Fay and Other Poems, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 25 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CKUBG54MSBXX3QH.

Harvard: Drake, JR, 'I.' in The Culprit Fay and Other Poems. cited in 1850, The Culprit Fay and Other Poems, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 25 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CKUBG54MSBXX3QH.