Stephen Vincent Benet





Dulce Ridentum

The bee, he has white honey, 
The Sunday child her muff, 
The rich man lots of money 
Though never quite enough, 
The apple has a Springtime smell, 
The star-fields silver grain, 
But I have youth, the cockleshell, 
And the sweet laugh of Jane. 

The lark's tune goes so clearly 
But Jane's is clear wells. 
The cuckoo's voice currs cheerly, 
But Jane's is new bells. 
Whether she chuckles like a dove, 
Or laughs like April rain, 
It is her heart and hands and love, 
The moth-wing soul of Jane.