To A Rabbit

By Helen M. Johnson

Go to the green wood, go
I oft shall sigh for thee,—
And yet rejoice to know,
That thou art sporting free.

Go to the meadows green,
Where summer holds her reign;
When winter spoils the scene
Wilt thou return again?

A shelter thou wouldst find
From every howling storm;
The heart thou leav’st behind
Would still be true and warm.

Why dost thou struggle thus?
Does every balmy breeze
That softly fanneth us,
Tell of the waving trees?

Do yonder happy birds
That sing for thee and me,
For chorus have the words
So precious—”I am free?”

Go then, as free as they,
As light and happy roam
With thy companions gay,
Safe in thy forest home.

There—thou art gone; farewell!
My heart leaps up with thine;
And I rejoice to tell
Thou art no longer mine.

I could not breathe the air
Where pining captives dwell;
My freedom thou wilt share,
With joy then, fare-thee-well.