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Buchen, Walther (ed.) / The Wisconsin magazine
Vol. VII, No. 7 (April 1910)

Maxon, Harriet
The dance of the fireflies,   p. 13


Page 13


  THE DANCE OF THE FIREFLIES
The Dance of the Fireflies
            HARRIET MAXON, '11
 In and out among the grasses
 Cloaked by dusk from human eyes,
 Many a black-winged firefly passes,
 Shielding his lantern close, he flies.
       Dance and away
       After the day
 While the grasshopper's tuning his nut-shell
   guitar-
       Soft the chord rings
       Over the strings
 New-clipped from their spidery curtain afaw-
 Slowly-
 To your partners curtesy lowly,
 Step and pass and bend again-
 Round and turn and point quite slowly,
     Back into your place, and then-
 A llegro-
 Waiting a little, the music's beat
 Quickens the swaying dancer's feet;
 To the whirring of wings and the scraping of
   strings
 They pirouet, circle and turn complete.
       While the moon hangs low
       In her crescent bow
 And watches them dancing to and fro.
 Forte-
     So turn and around
     Follow the sound!
While the bat beats time with his
wings.
Pianassimo-
     Faint tremulo
     Repeat as you go
The strains that the heavier viol sings.
Allegretto-
     Dance and away
     Pixie and fay,
Dance ere the morning has ended yoi
     Low o'er the hill
     Watching you still
A silver bow glimmers until it is day.
leathern
ur stay.
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