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Wind Poems

Table of Contents

  1. The Wind by Christina Rossetti
  2. The Wind's Song by Gabriel Setoun
  3. The Wind and the Moon by George Macdonald
  4. "Who Has Seen the Wind?" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
  5. The Fall Wind by John Stuart Thompson
  6. The Winds by Hannah Flagg Gould
  7. Forest Music by Hannah Flagg Gould
  8. Summer Wind by William Cullen Bryant
  9. To the Evening Wind by William Cullen Bryant
  10. The West Wind by William Cullen Bryant
  11. The Zephyr's Soliloquy by Hannah Flagg Gould
  12. The Mistaken Anemometer by Anonymous
  13. XVI. The Wind by Emily Dickinson
  1. XXIV. The Wind by Emily Dickinson
  2. The Wind's Visit by Emily Dickinson
  3. The Meeting of the Winds by William Francis Barnard
  4. The Wind and the Sea by Laurence Dunbar
  5. Night Winds by Adelaide Crapsey
  6. The Breezes of June by Paul Hamilton Hayne
  7. The Whirlwind by Hannah Flagg Gould
  8. Equinoctial Gale by Eliza and Sarah Wolcott
  9. My Lady Wind by Anonymous
  10. Nameless Pain by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  11. The Chinook Wind by James W. Whilt
  12. The Wild Wind by Clara W. Raymond
  13. The Song of the Wind and the Leaves by Ed Blair
  14. Which Way Does the Wind Blow? by Lucy Aikin
  15. The Wind by Ann Hawkshaw
  16. Windy Nights by Robert Louis Stevenson
  17. A Little Wind by Elizabeth Madox Roberts

  1. The Wind

    by Christina Rossetti

    Who has seen the wind?
    Neither I nor you;
    But when the leaves hang trembling,
    The wind is passing through.

    Who has seen the wind?
    Neither you nor I;
    But when the trees bow down their heads,
    The wind is passing by.

  2. The Wind

    by Robert Louis Stevenson

    I saw you toss the kites on high
    And blow the birds about the sky;
    And all around I heard you pass,
    Like ladies' skirts across the grass—
    O wind, a-blowing all day long,
    O wind, that sings so loud a song!

    I saw the different things you did,
    But always you yourself you hid.
    I felt you push, I heard you call,
    I could not see yourself at all—
    O wind, a-blowing all day long,
    O wind, that sings so loud a song!

    O you that are so strong and cold,
    O blower, are you young or old?
    Are you a beast of field and tree,
    Or just a stronger child than me?
    O wind, a-blowing all day long,
    O wind, that sings so loud a song!

  3. The Wind's Song

    by Gabriel Setoun

    O winds that blow across the sea,
    What is the story that you bring?
    Leaves clap their hands on every tree
    And birds about their branches sing.

    You sing to flowers and trees and birds
    Your sea-songs over all the land.
    Could you not stay and whisper words
    A little child might understand?

    The roses nod to hear you sing;
    But though I listen all the day,
    You never tell me anything
    Of father's ship so far away.

    Its masts are taller than the trees;
    Its sails are silver in the sun;
    There's not a ship upon the seas
    So beautiful as father's one.

    With wings spread out it flies so fast
    It leaves the waves all white with foam.
    Just whisper to me, blowing past,
    If you have seen it sailing home.

    I feel your breath upon my cheek,
    And in my hair, and on my brow.
    Dear winds, if you could only speak,
    I know that you would tell me now.

    My father's coming home, you'd say,
    With precious presents, one, two, three;
    A shawl for mother, beads for May,
    And eggs and shells for Rob and me.

    The winds sing songs where'er they roam;
    The leaves all clap their little hands;
    For father's ship is coming home
    With wondrous things from foreign lands.

  4. The Wind and the Moon

    by George Macdonald

    Said the Wind to the Moon, "I will blow you out;
    You stare
    In the air
    Like a ghost in a chair,
    Always looking what I am about—
    I hate to be watched; I'll blow you out."

    The Wind blew hard, and out went the Moon.
    So, deep
    On a heap
    Of clouds to sleep,
    Down lay the Wind, and slumbered soon,
    Muttering low, "I've done for that Moon."

    He turned in his bed; she was there again!
    On high
    In the sky,
    With her one ghost eye,
    The Moon shone white and alive and plain.
    Said the Wind, "I will blow you out again."

    The Wind blew hard, and the Moon grew dim.
    "With my sledge,
    And my wedge,
    I have knocked off her edge!
    If only I blow right fierce and grim,
    The creature will soon be dimmer than dim."

    He blew and he blew, and she thinned to a thread.
    "One puff
    More's enough
    To blow her to snuff!
    One good puff more where the last was bred,
    And glimmer, glimmer, glum will go the thread."

    He blew a great blast, and the thread was gone.
    In the air
    Nowhere
    Was a moonbeam bare;
    Far off and harmless the shy stars shone—
    Sure and certain the Moon was gone!

    The Wind he took to his revels once more;
    On down,
    In town,
    Like a merry-mad clown,
    He leaped and halloed with whistle and roar—
    "What's that?" The glimmering thread once more!

    He flew in a rage—he danced and blew;
    But in vain
    Was the pain
    Of his bursting brain;
    For still the broader the Moon-scrap grew,
    The broader he swelled his big cheeks and blew.

    Slowly she grew—till she filled the night,
    And shone
    On her throne
    In the sky alone,
    A matchless, wonderful silvery light,
    Radiant and lovely, the queen of the night.

    Said the Wind: "What a marvel of power am I!
    With my breath,
    Good faith!
    I blew her to death—
    First blew her away right out of the sky—
    Then blew her in; what strength have I!

    But the Moon she knew nothing about the affair;
    For high
    In the sky,
    With her one white eye,
    Motionless, miles above the air,
    She had never heard the great Wind blare.

  5. "Who Has Seen the Wind?"

    by Christina Georgina Rossetti

    Who has seen the wind?
    Neither I nor you:
    But when the leaves hang trembling,
    The wind is passing through.

    Who has seen the wind?
    Neither you nor I:
    But when the trees bow down their heads,
    The wind is passing by.

  6. The Fall Wind

    by John Stuart Thompson

    The wind has stalked adown the garden path,
    And blown the lights of all the poor flowers out;
    From maple wood I hear his stormy shout;
    The russet leaves take flight before his wrath;
    In stubble fields and clover-aftermath,
    The wreckage of the year is strewn around;
    The mottled asters lie upon the ground.
    Of all the bloom, the tyrant north wind hath

    Left only golden-rod, in saffron rows,—
    And these, with bulging cheeks, he blows and blows,
    Until they glow, and mingle with the west,
    When setting suns lean low upon the land,
    And songless birds, in cheerless plumage dressed.
    Wing south or somewhere; mute, discouraged band.

  7. The Winds

    by Hannah Flagg Gould

    We come! we come! and ye feel our might,
    As we're hastening on in our boundless flight,
    And over the mountains, and over the deep,
    Our broad, invisible pinions sweep
    Like the spirit of liberty, wild and free!
    And ye look on our works, and own 't is we;
    Ye call us the Winds; but can ye tell
    Whither we go, or where we dwell?

    Ye mark, as we vary our forms of power,
    And fell the forests, or fan the flower,
    When the hare-bell moves, and the rush is bent,
    When the tower's o'erthrown, and the oak is rent,
    As we waft the bark o'er the slumbering wave,
    Or, hurry its crew to a watery grave;
    And ye say it is we! but can ye trace
    The wandering winds to their secret place?

    And, whether our breath be loud and high,
    Or come in a soft and balmy sigh;
    Our threatenings fill the soul with fear,
    Or our gentle whisperings woo the ear.
    With music aerial, still, 't is we.
    And ye list, and ye look; but what do ye see?
    Can ye hush one sound of our voice to peace,
    Or waken one note, when our numbers cease?

    Our dwelling is in the Almighty's hand;
    We come and we go at his command.
    Though joy or sorrow may mark our track,
    His will is our guide, and we look not back:
    And if, in our wrath, ye would turn us away,
    Or win us in gentle airs to play,
    Then, lift up our hearts to him who binds,
    Or frees, as he will, the obedient Winds!

  8. Forest Music

    by Hannah Flagg Gould

    There's a sad loneliness about my heart,—
    A deep, deep solitude the spirit feels
    Amid this multitude. The things of art
    Pall on the senses—from its pageantry,
    Loathing, my eye turns off; and my ear shrinks
    From the harsh dissonance that fills the air.

    My soul is growing sick—I will away
    And gather balm from a sweet forest walk!
    There, as the breezes through the branches sweep,
    Is heard aerial minstrelsy, like harps
    Untouched, unseen, that on the spirit's ear
    Pour out their numbers till they lull to peace
    The tumult of the bosom. There's a voice
    Of music in the rustling of the leaves;
    And the green boughs are hung with living lutes,
    Whose strings will only vibrate to his hand
    Who made them, while they sound his untaught praise!

    The whole wild wood is one vast instrument
    Of thousand, thousand keys; and all its notes
    Come in sweet harmony, while Nature plays
    To celebrate the presence of her God!

  9. Summer Wind

    by William Cullen Bryant

    It is a sultry day; the sun has drank
    The dew that lay upon the morning grass;
    There is no rustling in the lofty elm
    That canopies my dwelling, and its shade
    Scarce cools me. All is silent, save the faint
    And interrupted murmur of the bee,

    Settling on the sick flowers, and then again
    Instantly on the wing. The plants around
    Feel the too potent fervours: the tall maize
    Rolls up its long green leaves; the clover droops
    Its tender foliage, and declines its blooms.
    But far in the fierce sunshine tower the hills,
    With all their growth of woods, silent and stern,
    As if the scorching heat and dazzling light
    Were but an element they loved. Bright clouds,
    Motionless pillars of the brazen heaven,—
    Their bases on the mountains—their white tops
    Shining in the far ether—fire the air
    With a reflected radiance, and make turn
    The gazer's eye away. For me, I lie
    Languidly in the shade, where the thick turf,
    Yet virgin from the kisses of the sun,
    Retains some freshness, and I woo the wind
    That still delays its coming. Why so slow,
    Gentle and voluble spirit of the air?
    Oh, come and breathe upon the fainting earth
    Coolness and life. Is it that in his caves
    He hears me? See, on yonder woody ridge,
    The pine is bending his proud top, and now
    Among the nearer groves, chestnut and oak
    Are tossing their green boughs about. He comes!
    Lo, where the grassy meadow runs in waves!
    The deep distressful silence of the scene
    Breaks up with mingling of unnumbered sounds
    And universal motion. He is come,
    Shaking a shower of blossoms from the shrubs,
    And bearing on their fragrance; and he brings
    Music of birds, and rustling of young boughs,
    And sound of swaying branches, and the voice
    Of distant waterfalls. All the green herbs
    Are stirring in his breath; a thousand flowers,
    By the road-side and the borders of the brook,
    Nod gaily to each other; glossy leaves
    Are twinkling in the sun, as if the dew
    Were on them yet, and silver waters break
    Into small waves and sparkle as he comes.

  10. To the Evening Wind

    by William Cullen Bryant

    Spirit that breathest through my lattice, thou
    That cool'st the twilight of the sultry day,
    Gratefully flows thy freshness round my brow;
    Thou hast been out upon the deep at play,
    Riding all day the wild blue waves till now,
    Roughening their crests, and scattering high their spray
    And swelling the white sail. I welcome thee
    To the scorched land, thou wanderer of the sea!

    Nor I alone—a thousand bosoms round
    Inhale thee in the fulness of delight;
    And languid forms rise up, and pulses bound
    Livelier, at coming of the wind of night;
    And, languishing to hear thy grateful sound,
    Lies the vast inland stretched beyond the sight.
    Go forth, into the gathering shade; go forth,
    God's blessing breathed upon the fainting earth!

    Go, rock the little wood-bird in his nest,
    Curl the still waters, bright with stars, and rouse
    The wide old wood from his majestic rest,
    Summoning from the innumerable boughs
    The strange, deep harmonies that haunt his breast:
    Pleasant shall be thy way where meekly bows
    The shutting flower, and darkling waters pass,
    And 'twixt the o'ershadowing branches and the grass.

    The faint old man shall lean his silver head
    To feel thee; thou shalt kiss the child asleep,
    And dry the moistened curls that overspread
    His temples, while his breathing grows more deep;
    And they who stand about the sick man's bed,
    Shall joy to listen to thy distant sweep,
    And softly part his curtains to allow
    Thy visit, grateful to his burning brow.

    Go—but the circle of eternal change,
    Which is the life of nature, shall restore,
    With sounds and scents from all thy mighty range,
    Thee to thy birthplace of the deep once more;
    Sweet odours in the sea-air, sweet and strange,
    Shall tell the home-sick mariner of the shore;
    And, listening to thy murmur, he shall deem
    He hears the rustling leaf and running stream.

  11. The West Wind

    by William Cullen Bryant

    Beneath the forest's skirts I rest,
    Whose branching pines rise dark and high,
    And hear the breezes of the West
    Among the threaded foliage sigh.

    Sweet Zephyr! why that sound of wo?
    Is not thy home among the flowers?
    Do not the bright June roses blow,
    To meet thy kiss at morning hours?

    And lo! thy glorious realm outspread—
    Yon stretching valleys, green and gay,
    And yon free hilltops, o'er whose head
    The loose white clouds are borne away.

    And there the full broad river runs,
    And many a fount wells fresh and sweet,
    To cool thee when the mid-day suns
    Have made thee faint beneath their heat.

    Thou wind of joy, and youth, and love;
    Spirit of the new wakened year!
    The sun in his blue realm above
    Smooths a bright path when thou art here.

    In lawns the murmuring bee is heard,
    The wooing ring-dove in the shade;
    On thy soft breath, the new-fledged bird
    Takes wing, half happy, half afraid.

    Ah! thou art like our wayward race;—
    When not a shade of pain or ill
    Dims the bright smile of Nature's face,
    Thou lov'st to sigh and murmur still.

  12. The Zephyr's Soliloquy

    by Hannah Flagg Gould

    Though whence I have come, or whither I go,
    My end or my nature I ne'er may know,
    I will number o'er to myself a few
    Of the countless things I am born to do.

    I flit, in the days of the joyous Spring,
    Through field and forest, and I freight my wing
    With the spice of the buds, which I haste to bear
    Where I know that man will inhale the air.
    And while I hover o'er beauty's lip,
    I part her locks with my pinion's tip;
    Or brighten her cheek with my fond caress,
    And breathe in the folds of her lightsome dress.
    I love to sport with the silken curl
    On the lily neck of the laughing girl;
    To dry the tear of the weeping boy,
    Who's breaking his heart for a broken toy;
    To fan the heat of his brow away,
    And over his mother's harp-strings play,
    Till, his griefs forgotten, he looks around
    For the secret hand that has waked the sound.
    I love, when the warrior mails his breast,
    To toss the head of his snow-white crest;
    To take the adieu that he turns to leave,
    And the sigh that his lady retired to heave!
    When the sultry sun of a summer's day
    Each sparkling dew-drop has dried away,

    And the flowers are left to thirst to death,
    I love to come and afford them breath;
    And under each languid, drooping thing
    To place my balmy and cooling wing.
    When the bright, fresh showers have just gone by,
    And the rainbow stands in the evening sky,
    Oh! then is the merriest time for me;
    And I and my race have a jubilee!
    We fly to the gardens and shake the drops
    From the bending boughs and the floweret tops;
    And revel unseen in the calm starlight,
    Or dance on the moon-beams the live-long night.
    These, ah! these are my hours of gladness!
    But, I have my days and my nights of sadness!
    When I go to the cheek where I kissed the rose,
    And 't is turning as white as the mountain snows;
    While the eye of beauty must soon be hid
    For ever, beneath its sinking lid—
    Oh! I'd give my whole self but to spare that gasp,
    And save her a moment from death's cold grasp!
    And when she is borne to repose alone
    'Neath the fresh-cut sod and the church-yard stone,
    I keep close by her, and do my best
    To lift the dark pall from the sleeper's breast;
    And linger behind with the beautiful clay,
    When friends and kindred have gone their way!
    When the babe, whose dimples I used to fan,
    I see completing its earthly span,
    I long, with a spirit so pure, to go
    From the scene of sorrow and tears below,

    Till I rise so high I can earth the song
    Of welcome, that bursts from the angel throng,
    As it enters its rest—but, alas! alas!
    I am only from death to death to pass.
    I hasten away over mountain and flood,
    And find I'm alone on a field of blood.
    The soldier is there—but he breathes no more;
    And there is the plume, but 't is stained with gore.
    I flutter and strive, in vain, to place
    The end of his scarf o'er his marble face;
    And find not even a sigh, to take
    To her, whose heart is so soon to break!
    I fly to the flowers that I loved so much—
    They are pale, and drop at my slightest touch.
    The earth is in ruins!— I turn to the sky—
    It frowns! —and what can I do, but die?

  13. The Mistaken Anemometer

    by Anonymous

    A little anemometer
    On the weather-bureau high
    Was set to measure off the wind
    That whistled through the sky.
    As the wind blew hard or the wind blew soft,
    So swift he turned or slow,
    And just the numher of miles an hour
    His dial-plate would show.

    But the little anemometer
    On the weather-bureau tall
    Decided, very innocent,
    'Twas he that did it all.
    So when the wind blew a hurricane—
    "I'm a terrible fellow!" he cried;
    And when the wind was a zephyr mild—
    "I'm too tired to blow," he sighed.

    Until one melancholy day
    A little breeze, in fun,
    Twisted the anemometer
    So that it couldn't run;
    And thus it learned that the heavens work
    On an independent plan,
    And it grew to be a modest machine
    And ceased to be like a man.

  14. XVI. The Wind

    by Emily Dickinson

    It's like the light, —
    A fashionless delight
    It's like the bee, —
    A dateless melody.

    It's like the woods,
    Private like breeze,
    Phraseless, yet it stirs
    The proudest trees.

    It's like the morning, —
    Best when it's done, —
    The everlasting clocks
    Chime noon.

  15. XXIV. The Wind

    by Emily Dickinson

    Of all the sounds despatched abroad,
    There's not a charge to me
    Like that old measure in the boughs,
    That phraseless melody

    The wind does, working like a hand
    Whose fingers brush the sky,
    Then quiver down, with tufts of tune
    Permitted gods and me.

    When winds go round and round in bands,
    And thrum upon the door,
    And birds take places overhead,
    To bear them orchestra,

    I crave him grace, of summer boughs,
    If such an outcast be,
    He never heard that fleshless chant
    Rise solemn in the tree,

    As if some caravan of sound
    On deserts, in the sky,
    Had broken rank,
    Then knit, and passed
    In seamless company.

  16. The Wind's Visit

    by Emily Dickinson

    The wind tapped like a tired man,
    And like a host, "Come in,"
    I boldly answered; entered then
    My residence within

    A rapid, footless guest,
    To offer whom a chair
    Were as impossible as hand
    A sofa to the air.

    No bone had he to bind him,
    His speech was like the push
    Of numerous humming-birds at once
    From a superior bush.

    His countenance a billow,
    His fingers, if he pass,
    Let go a music, as of tunes
    Blown tremulous in glass.

    He visited, still flitting;
    Then, like a timid man,
    Again he tapped — 't was flurriedly —
    And I became alone.

  17. The Meeting of the Winds

    by William Francis Barnard

    The Northwind met with the Southwind
    On the wide ways of the sky,
    And the air turned frost as the clouds were tossed
    To in confusion lie;
    For the Northwind raged at the Southwind
    To buffet her where she flew,
    But the Southwind smiled like one beguiled
    As her flower-sweet breath she blew.

    The Northwind turned to the Southwind,
    And saw her that she was fair;
    With laugh of delight, with eyes of night,
    And back-blown sun-bronzed hair.
    And the Southwind knew him, the Northwind,
    And saw him that he was strong;
    With face to command, and a mighty hand
    To whip his gusts along.

    The Southwind sang to the Northwind,
    "I am warmer than love, or fire,
    And I know thy goal is the Southern Pole,
    But thou art my heart's desire";
    And the Northwind answered the Southwind,
    "Wanderer, wait with me then:
    Thy singing is sweet; 'tis well that we meet:
    Make me thy music again."

    The Southwind kissed to the Northwind,
    And the Northwind clasped her hands;
    While the wrath was hushed of the gales that rushed
    Full wild o'er the seas and lands.
    And there, twixt the earth and heavens,
    At twilight or at morn,
    Midst waitings from flowers in far-off bowers,
    The delicate Spring was born.

  18. The Wind and the Sea

    by Paul Laurence Dunbar

    I stood by the shore at the death of day,
    As the sun sank flaming red;
    And the face of the waters that spread away
    Was as gray as the face of the dead.

    And I heard the cry of the wanton sea
    And the moan of the wailing wind;
    For love's sweet pain in his heart had he,
    But the gray old sea had sinned.

    The wind was young and the sea was old,
    But their cries went up together;
    The wind was warm and the sea was cold,
    For age makes wintry weather.

    So they cried aloud and they wept amain,
    Till the sky grew dark to hear it;
    And out of its folds crept the misty rain,
    In its shroud, like a troubled spirit.

    For the wind was wild with a hopeless love,
    And the sea was sad at heart
    At many a crime that he wot of,
    Wherein he had played his part.

    He thought of the gallant ships gone down
    By the will of his wicked waves;
    And he thought how the churchyard in the town
    Held the sea-made widows' graves.

    The wild wind thought of the love he had left
    Afar in an Eastern land,
    And he longed, as long the much bereft,
    For the touch of her perfumed hand.

    In his winding wail and his deep-heaved sigh
    His aching grief found vent;
    While the sea looked up at the bending sky
    And murmured: "I repent."

    But e'en as he spoke, a ship came by,
    That bravely ploughed the main,
    And a light came into the sea's green eye,
    And his heart grew hard again.

    Then he spoke to the wind: "Friend, seest thou not
    Yon vessel is eastward bound?
    Pray speed with it to the happy spot
    Where thy loved one may be found."

    And the wind rose up in a dear delight,
    And after the good ship sped;
    But the crafty sea by his wicked might
    Kept the vessel ever ahead.

    Till the wind grew fierce in his despair,
    And white on the brow and lip.
    He tore his garments and tore his hair,
    And fell on the flying ship.

    And the ship went down, for a rock was there,
    And the sailless sea loomed black;
    While burdened again with dole and care,
    The wind came moaning back.

    And still he moans from his bosom hot
    Where his raging grief lies pent,
    And ever when the ships come not,
    The sea says: "I repent,"

  19. Night Winds

    by Adelaide Crapsey

    The old
    Old winds that blew
    When chaos was, what do
    They tell the clattered trees that I
    Should weep?

  20. The Breezes of June

    by Paul Hamilton Hayne

    On! sweet and soft,
    Returning oft,
    As oft they pass benignly,
    The warm June breezes come and go,
    Through golden rounds of murmurous flow,
    At length to sigh,
    Wax faint and die,
    Far down the panting primrose sky,
    Divinely!

    Though soft and low
    These breezes blow,
    Their voice is passion's wholly;
    And ah! our hearts go forth to meet
    The burden of their music sweet,
    Ere yet it sighs,
    Faints, falters, dies
    Down the rich path of sunset skies—
    Half glad, half melancholy!

    Bend, bend thine ear!
    Oh! hark and hear
    What vows each blithe new-comer!
    Each warm June breeze that comes goes,
    Is whispering to the royal rose,
    And star-pale lily, trembling nigh,
    Ere yet in subtlest harmony
    Its murmurs die,
    Wax faint and die
    On thy flushed bosom, passionate sky,
    Of youthful summer!

  21. The Whirlwind

    'O, there is nothing, when our work's before us,
    Like despatch; for while our time is brief,
    Some sweeping blast may suddenly come o'er us,
    Lose our place, and turn another leaf!

    The Bee, Clover, and Thistle
    Hannah Flagg Gould
    by Hannah Flagg Gould

    'Whirlwind, Whirlwind! whither art thou hieing,
    Snapping off the flowers young and fair;
    Setting all the chaff and the withered leaves to flying;
    Tossing up the dust in the air?'

    'I,' said the whirlwind, 'cannot stop for talking;
    Give me up your cap, my little man,
    And the polished stick, that you will not need for walking,
    While you run to catch them, if you can!

    'Yonder pretty maiden—none has time to tell her
    That I'm coming, ere I shall be there.
    I will twirl her zephyr, snatch her light umbrella,
    Seize her hat, and brush her glossy hair!'

    On went the whirlwind, showing many capers,
    One would hardly deem it meet to tell;
    Dusting priest and lawyer, flirting gown and papers,
    Discomposing matron, beau, and belle.

    Whisk! from behind came the long and sweeping feather,
    Round the head of old Chanticleer.
    Plumed and plumeless bipeds felt the blast together,
    In a way they would not like to hear.

    Snug in an arbor sat a scholar, musing
    Calmly o'er the philosophic page.
    'Flap!' went the leaves of the volume he was using,
    Cutting short the lecture of the sage.

    'Hey!' said the book-worm, 'this, I think, is taking
    Rather too much liberty with me.
    Yet, I'll not resent it; for I'm bent on making
    Use of every thing I hear and see.

    'Many, I know, will not their anger stifle,
    When as little cause as this they find
    To let it kindle up; but minding every trifle
    Is profitless, as quarrels with the wind!

    'Forth to his business, when the whirlwind sallies,
    He is all alive to get it done.
    He on his pathway never lags nor dallies,
    But is always up and on the run.

    'Though ever whirling, never growing dizzy;
    Motion gives him buoyancy and power.
    All who have known him, own that he is busy,
    Doing much in half a fleeting hour.

    'O, there is nothing, when our work's before us,
    Like despatch; for while our time is brief,
    Some sweeping blast may suddenly come o'er us,
    Lose our place, and turn another leaf!

    'Whirlwind, Whirlwind, though you're but a flurry,
    And so odd the business you pursue,
    Though you come on, and are off in such a hurry,
    I have caught a hint, and now, adieu.'

  22. Equinoctial Gale

    by Eliza and Sarah Wolcott

    Dark messenger of some portentous news,
    Wrap'd in black clouds of ominous events,
    Say, whither comest thou in garments loose,
    Thy course some devastation e'er presents.

    Fear, and much dread, thy hollow murmurs bear
    Of shipwrecks, where the mariners are lost,
    Upon some foreign coast to perish there,
    Or on some plank upon the billows tost.

    But let thy clouds yield to the sun's bright ray,
    And stay the progress of thy mad career.
    O let thy waters flow in gentler streams,
    While the rude winds to distant courses steer.

    God rides upon the winds, and holds the reins,
    And all the winds are silent at his word.
    Trust in His word,—His faithfulness sustains,
    And let his shield and buckler be our guard.

    And at my eaves
    A slow wind, ghostlike, comes and grieves and grieves.

    – John Charles McNeill
    Gray Days
  23. My Lady Wind

    by Anonymous

    My Lady Wind, my Lady Wind,
    Went round about the house to find
    A chink to set her foot in;
    She tried the keyhole in the door,
    She tried the crevice in the floor,
    And drove the chimney soot in.

    And then one night when it was dark
    She blew up such a tiny spark
    That all the town was bothered;
    From it she raised such flame and smoke
    That many in great terror woke,
    And many more were smothered.

    And thus when once, my little dears,
    A whisper reaches itching ears—
    The same will come, you'll find:
    Take my advice, restrain the tongue,
    Remember what old nurse has sung
    Of busy Lady Wind.

  24. Blow, Wind, Blow! and Go, Mill, Go!

    by Anonymous

    Blow, wind, blow! and go, mill, go!
    That the miller may grind his corn;
    That the baker may take it and into rolls make it,
    And send us some hot in the morn.

  25. Nameless Pain

    by Thomas Bailey Aldrich

    In my nostrils the summer wind
    Blows the exquisite scent of the rose:
    O for the golden, golden wind,
    Breaking the buds as it goes!
    Breaking the buds and bending the grass,
    And spilling the scent of the rose.

    O wind of the summer morn,
    Tearing the petals in twain,
    Wafting the fragrant soul
    Of the rose through valley and plain,
    I would you could tear my heart to-day
    And scatter its nameless pain!

  26. The Chinook Wind

    by James W. Whilt

    There's a soft warm breeze upon the air,
    'Tis moaning soft and low,
    'Tis cold and chill upon the hill,
    Yet it's melting all the snow.

    The Indians all tell us,
    That many moons gone by
    Right here within the mountains,
    The North wind it did cry.

    The Chinook wind made answer,
    And said, "I'm not afraid,"
    And then there raged a battle,
    For a beautiful Indian Maid.

    The Chinook wind was the victor,
    The North wind went away,
    But the Maiden fair had died of despair,
    And deep in her grave she lay.

    So every year his voice we hear,
    Calling so soft and sweet,
    Searching the grave of the one he would save,
    Melting the snow at our feet.

    'Tis the lover's wind, so the Indians say,
    And his heart is ever sad,
    But they welcome his coming, every one,
    For the North wind is gone and they're glad.

  27. The Wild Wind

    by Clara W. Raymond

    Oh, the wind came howling at our house-door,
    Like a maddened fiend set free;
    He pushed and struggled with gasp and roar,
    For an angry wind was he!

    He dashed snow-wreaths at our window-panes,
    The casements rattled and creaked;
    Then up he climbed to the chimney tops,
    And down through the flues he shrieked.

    He found Jack's sled by the garden fence,
    And tumbled it down in his spite;
    And heaped the snow till he covered it up,
    And hid it from poor Jack's sight.

    He tore down the lattice and broke the house
    Ned built for the birds last week;
    And he bent the branches and bowed the trees,
    Then rushed off fresh wrath to wreak.

    And oh! how he frightened poor little Nell,
    And made her tremble and weep,
    Till mother came up and soothed the wee maid,
    And lulled her with songs to sleep!

    Her tiny hand nestled, content and still,
    In her mother's, so soft and warm;
    While with magical power of low, sweet tones
    The mother-love hushed the storm.

  28. The Song of the Wind and the Leaves

    by Ed Blair

    There's a beautiful song that is sung every day
    When the wind and the leaves play together,
    And I hear the sweet notes as I wander along,
    From my low cottage home to the heather.
    And I fain would express the sweet sentiment there,
    The sweet songs of love and devotion,
    When the wind sighs to stay but must go on its way
    On its journey o'er land and the ocean.

    Oh, the songs yet to sing of the beautiful woods,
    Oh, the songs that old Nature is singing,
    I hear them each day as I wander away
    Where the gay summer birds are awinging.
    'Neath the dark shady leaves the soft winds take a peep
    Where the birdlings are nested together,
    And say: "Fly away," for the leaves cannot stay,
    To shelter in bleak autumn weather.

    Oh, soft summer winds; oh, beautiful woods,
    Sing on for the children yet coming,
    Sing sweet songs of love while the young turtle doves
    Are cradled to sleep with your humming.
    And when in the autumn the leaves turn to gold,
    And sigh for the wind that will sever,
    They'll sing once again your sweet plaintive strain,
    And the music will go on forever.

  29. Which Way Does the Wind Blow?

    by Lucy Aikin

    Which way does the wind blow,
    And where does he go?
    He rides o’er the water,
    He rides o’er the snow.

    He blows and he tosses
    The leaves from the tree,
    As when you look upward,
    You plainly can see.

    From what place he comes,
    To what place he goes,
    There’s no one can tell you,
    There’s no one who knows.

  30. The Wind

    by Ann Hawkshaw

    The wind it is a mystic thing,
    Wandering o'er ocean wide,
    And fanning all the thousand sails
    That o'er its billows glide.

    It curls the blue waves into foam,
    It snaps the strongest mast,
    Then like a sorrowing thing it sighs,
    When the wild storm is past.

    And yet how gently does it come
    At evening through the bowers,
    As if it said a kind "good-night"
    To all the closing flowers.

    It bears the perfume of the rose,
    It fans the insect's wing;
    'T is round me, with me everywhere,
    Yet 't is an unseen thing.

    How many sounds it bears along,
    As o'er the earth it goes;
    The songs of many joyous hearts,
    The sounds of many woes!

    It enters into palace halls,
    And carries thence the sound
    Of mirth and music;—but it creeps
    The narrow prison round,

    And bears away the captive's sigh,
    Who sits in sorrow there;
    Or from the martyr's lonely cell
    Conveys his evening prayer.

    It fans the reaper's heated brow;
    It through the window creeps,
    And lifts the fair child's golden curls,
    As on her couch she sleeps.

    'T is like the light, a gift to all,
    To prince, to peasant given;
    Awake, asleep, around us still,
    There is this gift of heaven:

    This strange, mysterious thing we call
    The breeze, the air, the wind;
    We call it so, but know no more,—
    'T is mystery, like our mind.

    Think not the things most wonderful
    Are those beyond our ken,
    For wonders are around the paths,
    The daily paths of men!

  31. Windy Nights

    by Robert Louis Stevenson

    Whenever the moon and stars are set,
    Whenever the wind is high,
    All night long in the dark and wet,
    A man goes riding by.
    Late in the night when the fires are out,
    Why does he gallop and gallop about?

    Whenever the trees are crying aloud,
    And ships are tossed at sea,
    By, on the highway, low and loud,
    By at the gallop goes he.
    By at the gallop he goes, and then
    By he comes back at the gallop again.

  32. A Little Wind

    by Elizabeth Madox Roberts

    When I lay down
    In a clover place,
    With eyelids closed,
    In a clover place,
    A little wind came to my face.

    One gentle wind
    Blew on my mouth,
    And I said, "It will quiver by.
    What little wind now can it be?"
    And I lay still
    Where the clovers were.

    But when I raised my lids to see,
    Then it was a butterfly.