Sweet wind, fair wind, where have you been?
"I've been sweeping the cobwebs out of the sky;
I've been grinding; a grist in the mill hard by;
I've been laughing at work while others sigh;
Let those laugh who win!"
Sweet rain, soft rain, what are you doing?
"I'm urging the corn to fill out its cells;
I'm helping the lily to fashion its bells;
I'm swelling the torrent and brimming the wells;
Is that worth pursuing?"
Redbreast, redbreast, what have you done?
"I've been watching the nest where my fledglings lie;
I've sung them to sleep with a lullaby;
By and by I shall teach them to fly,
up and away, every one!"
Honeybee, honeybee, where are you going?
"To fill my basket with precious pelf;
To toil for my neighbor as well as myself';
To find out. the sweetest flower that grows,
Be it a thistle or be it a rose,—
A secret worth the knowing!"
Mary N. Prescott.