October 23, 2022

Drought by L.M. Montgomery

The Farm Journal masthead, August 1908

In August 1908, L.M. Montgomery published the poem "Drought" in The Farm Journal, a journal devoted to the farm, orchard, garden, poultry and household economy. The journal's motto was "Practical not Fancy Farming."

Here is a digitized image of the poem scanned from microfilm available at Archive.org:

Drought by L.M. Montgomery, Poem in The Farm Journal, August 1908

Here is the full text of the poem:


So long it is since kindly rain
Fell on the thirsty meadow lands,
The birds forget their old refrain,
The trees uplift their pleading hands
To hard, bright skies that do not heed,
But arch above the valley dim
And touch the far hills’ burning rim
And care not for our mighty need.

Athwart the dusty highways’ glare
The wan white daisies drooping lean,
The roses faint in their despair
On pasture slopes no longer green.
The plaintive brooks have ceased to pray
Unfed by springs whose lips are dry,
And the dull evening in the sky
Shuts out the brazen edge of day.

Great Father, listen to our prayer,
And send on us Thy gracious rain
To hush the moan of our despair
And drown the memory of our pain.
Then all the hills to Thee will raise
A psalm of utter thankfulness,
Thy name each thirsty blossom bless,
And every meadow hymn Thy praise.

Montgomery, L.M. (1908, August). Drought. The Farm Journal. 32(8): 298. Retrieved from: https://archive.org/details/sim_farm-journal_1908-08_32_8/page/n1/mode/2up

Created October 23, 2022.

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