Let me leave my books and travel far away,
For summer's here ;
Must I sit and write throughout the livelong day,
Nor ever hear
The wild bee humming in the wing,
The thousand, thousand small birds sing
Their little lilting summer lay ?
Oh that I could wallow deep in summer grass
There, listless see
Butterflies flit over me and gaily pass,
Idle, like me ;
Then feel delicious slumber come,
Lulled by the deep midsummer hum---
A drowsy, ceaseless melody.
Breezes gently sighing make green tassels sway
Around my head ;
Specks against the blue, the darting swallow play,
Now here, now sped,
Weaving with wings a wondrous maze ;
The skyline seems, through shimmering haze,
Fantastic writhings far away.
Oh to feel the hot sun bathe with heat and light
Laid thus in sweet summer's lap ! Oh what delight !
To sit the livelong day and write,
But, dreaming, smell the hedgerow dight
With honeysuckle, twining bright,
Ah me !
Arthur Cyril Harrison
Born in 1893 and educated at Butt's Council School and Queen Mary's School, Arthur Harrison wrote this poem whilst a pupil at Queen Mary's Grammer School before going on to embark upon a career in the Military.
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