What dost thou here, thou shining, sinless thing,
With many colored hues and shapely wing?
Why quit the open field and summer air
Christ washed the feet of Judas!
The dark and evil passions of his soul,
His secret plot, and sordidness complete,
The full September moon sheds floods of light,
And all the bayou's face is gemmed with stars
Save where are dropped fantastic shadows down
Hills of dear delight,
Prompting my dreams that used to be,
I know you are waiting me still to-night
By the Unika Range of Tennessee.
All Nashville is a chill. And everywhere
Like desert sand, when the winds blow,
There is each moment sifted through the air,