From fragrant depths of fir and pine, A thousand odours sweet Co-mingled on the zephyrs borne, The wearied senses greet. The sunset clouds have turned to gold, The shadows deepen down The green hillside, while Atra Nox Prepares her sable gown. Chick-a-dee-dee-dee! Chick-a-dee-dee-dee! When night spreads its mantle O'er land and on sea, >From the depths of the grove Comes the lilt that I love, 'Tis the call of the Chick-a-dee-dee. Deep silence in the trembling woods, And now the whispering breeze Comes murmuring through the river reeds And dies among the trees. >From humble cot in yonder grove Blue smoke ascends to Heaven, And incense to the throne of God For daily mercies given. Chick-a-dee-dee-dee! etc. The air is full of peace and love, The birds have nestled low, The lumb'rer seeks his humble cot, The mill has ceased to go. Along the Gambo valley now The night has fallen down, And o'er the fir-clad hill-side green A silence reigns profound. Chick-a-dee-dee-dee ! etc. Still lingering by the lakeside calm The angler hears a bird Whose name in ornithology Perchance was never heard. It listeth not what family in The learned would thee class, We only want to hear thy voice Among the river grass. Chick-a-dee-dee-dee! etc. Oft woodland sights and sounds recall The feelings of a day, Merged in the past,when youthful hope Stood beckoning on the way, The odours of the firs is sweet, The eve-note of a bird Gives throb of pleasure more intense Than sweetest music heard. Chick-a-dee-dee-dee! etc.` Oft thrill ecstatic fires the pulse With hope too glad for earth, And tells the soul in heaven above Such joy can have its birth. And memory oft deports the the past Into the present hour, And plucking out the hurtful thorn She giveth us the flower. Chick-a-dee-dee-dee! etc.
Contributed by Martha Warren
Page Revised: July 2002 (Don Tate)
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