Bliss Carman - Canadian Poet Laureate - Lived and died in New Canaan - his poem "Fireflies"

A poem written by Bliss Carman while living in New Canaan around 1915. 


THE fireflies across the dusk
Are flashing signals through the gloom—
Courageous messengers of light
That dare immensities of doom.
About the seeding meadow-grass,
Like busy watchmen in the street,
They come and go, they turn and pass,
Lighting the way for Beauty's feet

Or up they float on viewless wings
To twinkle high among the trees,
And rival with soft glimmerings
The shining of the Pleiades.
The stars that wheel above the hill
Are not more wonderful to see,
Nor the great tasks that they fulfil
More needed in eternity.

April Airs : A Book of New England Lyrics
Bliss Carman

Boston, Mass: Snall, Maynard and Company, 1920