The Gates of Time and Other Poems

by Frederick George Scott




O grip the earth, ye forest trees,
    Grip well the earth to-night,
The Storm-God rides across the seas
    To greet the morning light.

All clouds that wander through the skies

    Are tangled in his net,
The frightened stars have shut their eyes,
    The breakers fume and fret.

The birds that cheer the woods all day,
    Now tremble in their nests,

The giant branches round them sway,
    The wild wind never rests.

The squirrel and the cunning fox
    Have hurried to their holes,
Far off, like distant earthquake shocks,

    The muffled thunder rolls.

In scores of hidden woodland dells,
    Where no rough winds can harm,
The timid wild-flowers toss their bells
    In reasonless alarm.


Only the mountains rear their forms,
    Silent and grim and bold;
To them the voices of the storms
    Are as a tale re-told.

They saw the stars in heaven hung,

    They heard the great Sea’s birth,
They know the ancient pain that wrung
    The entrails of the Earth.

Sprung from great Nature’s royal lines,
    They share her deep repose,—

Their rugged shoulders robed in pines,
    Their foreheads crowned with snows.

But now there comes a lightning flash,
    And now on hill and plain
The charging clouds in fury dash,

    And blind the world with rain.