The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur, ed. Elizabeth Perkins (London, Sydney and Melbourne: Angus & Robertson, 1984): 199. Online at the University of Sydney Library at http://setis.library.usyd.edu.au/ozlit
1 Not a bird disturbs the air, 2 There is quiet everywhere; 3 Over plains and over woods. 4 What a mighty stillness broods. 5 Even the grasshoppers keep 6 Where the coolest shadows sleep; 7 Even the busy ants are found 8 Resting in their pebbled mound; 9 Even the locust clingeth now 11 And over hills and over plains 13 Only there's a drowsy humming 14 From yon warm lagoon slow coming: 15 'Tis the dragon-hornet -- see! 17 With yellow on a tawny ground -- 18 Each rich spot nor square nor round, 19 But rudely heart-shaped, as it were 20 The blurred and hasty impress there 22 Dusted o'er with golden meal: 23 Only there's a droning where 24 Yon bright beetle gleams the air -- 25 Gleams it in its droning flight 26 With a slanting track of light, 27 Till rising in the sunshine higher, 28 Its shards flame out like gems on fire. 29 Every other thing is still, 31 Whose cool murmur only throws 32 Cooler comfort round Repose; 33 Or some ripple in the sea 34 Of leafy boughs, where, lazily. 35 Tired summer, in her forest bower 36 Turning with the noontide hour, 37 Heaves a slumbrous breath, ere she 38 Once more slumbers peacefully. 39 O 'tis easeful here to lie 40 Hidden from Noon's scorching eye, 41 In this grassy cool recess 42 Musing thus of quietness. Notes 16] bedaubed: smeared or daubed with a sticky substance, such as paint. Back to Line
Poems (Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide: George Robinson, 1883).