Anonymous. July 30, 1903. Cody Cow Boy 3(35): 4.
Alas for the Meadowlark
[The Rev. Robert E. Lee Craig, Episcopal minister of Omaha, while out in Central Nebraska, holding past Lenten services and baptising some babies, for shooting 21 meadow larks was fined $110.]
- He stole a summer song, dear,
- This godly man of mark,
- He made the spring day silent,
- He killed a meadow lark.
- The plowman in the morn, dear,
- Will miss the dawn-tipped wings,
- That soaring upward taught him
- To think of nobler things.
- And the children off to school, dear
- Across the fresh turned sod,
- Will seek in vain the songster
- That kept them close to God.
- And all the summer long, dear
- Each day when it is done
- We'll wonder who tomorrow
- Will welcome up the sun.
- For he is head and cold, dear,
- Our little meadow lark.
- And he sang a song of love to
- That godly man of mark.