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Poem by Duncan Campbell Scott

The Message

    Wind of the gentle summer night,
      Dwell in the lilac tree,
    Sway the blossoms clustered light,
      Then blow over to me.

    Wind, you are sometimes strong and great,
      You frighten the ships at sea,
    Now come floating your delicate freight
      Out of the lilac tree.

    Wind, you must waver a gossamer sail
      To ferry a scent so light,
    Will you carry my love a message as frail
      Through the hawk-haunted night?

    For my heart is sometimes strange and wild,
      Bitter and bold and free,
    I scare the beautiful timid child,
      As you frighten the ships at sea;

    But now when the hawks are piercing the air,
      With the golden stars above,
    The only thing my heart can bear
      Is a lilac message of love.

    Gentle wind, will you carry this
      Up to her window white;
    Give her a gentle tender kiss,
      Bid her good-night--good-night.

Duncan Campbell Scott

Duncan Campbell Scott's other poems:
  1. Off the Isle Aux Coudres
  2. The Harvest
  3. Avis
  4. At William Maclennan's Grave
  5. To Winter (Come, O thou season of intense repose)

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • John Donne The Message ("Send home my long stray'd eyes to me")
  • Henry Van Dyke The Message ("Waking from tender sleep")
  • Thomas Heywood The Message ("YE little birds that sit and sing")
  • Ella Wilcox The Message ("I have not the gift of vision")

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