To a Humming-Bird

by John Vance Cheney

John Vance Cheney

Voyager on golden air,

Type of all that 's fleet and fair,

Incarnate gem,

Live diadem!

Stay, forget lost Paradise,

Star-bird fallen from happy skies. —

Vanished! Earth is not his home.

Onward, onward must he roam,

Swift passion-thought,

In rapture wrought;

Issue of the soul's desire,

Plumed with beauty and with fire.

Last updated January 14, 2019