Excerpt from Hawaii Fair: And Other Verses
Sleep sweetly, Hawaii, the stars in the sky Are joined in the tune of thy kind lullaby.
Robes of verdure, closely clinging Round thy form in tender grace, Weave the beauty of thy garments, Cloth of gold and leafy lace.
Sleep sweetly, Hawaii, each cloud as it ﬂies But brings thee a message of love from the skies.
Hushed amid the tender silence, Still thy heart is beating low, In the fiery, livid pulsing Of the lurid crater's glow.
Sleep sweetly, Hawaii, the murmur of waves Is echo of music from coral formed caves.
Calmly rest, with sunbeams smiling O'er the dimples of thy face, Clasped amid the loving waters Of thy mother's fond embrace.
Sleep sweetly, Hawaii, so trustful and strong All nature is singing thy glad cradle song.
When Hawaii lay an infant In its ocean mother's care, All the family of nature Longed that mother-love to share.
With those sea foam arms around it And the rainbow eyes above.
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