When the dark comes down, oh, the wind is on the sea
With lisping laugh and whimper to the red reef’s threnody,
The boats are sailing homeward now across the harbor bar
With many a jest and many a shout from fishing grounds afar.
So furl your sails and take your rest, ye fisher folk so brown,
For task and quest are ended when the dark comes down.
When the dark comes down, oh, the landward valleys fill
Like brimming cups of purple, and on every landward hill
There shines a star of twilight that is watching evermore
The low, dim lighted meadows by the long, dim-lighted shore,
For there, where vagrant daisies weave the grass a silver crown,
The lads and lassies wander when the dark comes down.
When the dark comes down, oh, the children fall asleep,
And mothers in the fisher huts their happy vigils keep;
There’s music in the song they sing and music on the sea,
The loving, lingering echoes of the twilight’s litany,
For toil has folded hands to dream, and care has ceased to frown,
And every wave’s a lyric when the dark comes down.