A Celebration of Women Writers

"In Arcadie." by Norah M. Holland (1876-1925)
From: Spun-Yarn And Spindrift. by Norah M. Holland. London & Toronto: J. M. Dent & Sons; New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1918, pp. 71-72.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom

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IN ARCADIE

HEART of my heart, the long road lies
  A streak of white across the down
To where the hill-tops touch the skies;
  Then let us seek the mountain's crown
  And cross its summit, bare and brown,
Heart of my heart, O come with me
To walk the ways of Arcadie.

Heart of my heart, right merrily
  The little winds of Springtime blow,
The air is full of melody,
  The birds are singing, soft and low;
  Heart of my heart, then let us go
Across the hills, and wander free
The pleasant paths of Arcadie.

There sunny land and sunny sea
  Lie drowsing in the noontide heat,
There song of bird and hum of bee
  Mix in a music wild and sweet,
  And in the thyme beneath our feet
Cicalas chirp their melody,
Across the hills in Arcadie.

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Or, when the twilight shadows steep
  The hill-tops with a misty light,
And stars their quiet watches keep
  Through the short hours of summer night,
  And glow-worms burn their lanterns bright,
The streams still murmur sleepily
Across the hills in Arcadie.

Heart of my heart, O let us leave
  The toil and turmoil of the town,
And men that work and men that grieve,
  And take the road across the down
  And climb the hill-top, bare and brown;
Heart of my heart, O come with me
To walk the ways of Arcadie.

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Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom