To the Grasshopper and the Cricket

Green little vaulter in the sunny grass,
Catching your heart up at the feel of June,
Sole voice that’s heard amidst the lazy noon,
When ev’n the bees lag at the summoning brass;-
And you, warm little housekeeper, who class
With those who think the candles comes too soon,
Loving the fire, and with your tricksome tune
Nick the glad silent moments as they pass;-

Oh sweet tiny cousins, that belong,
One to the fields, the other to the hearth,
Both have your sunshine; both, though small, are strong
At your clear hearts; and both were sent on earth
To sing in thoughtful ears this natural song –
In doors and out, – summer and winter, – mirth.

James Henry Leigh Hunt

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