In Divers Tones

by Charles G.D. Roberts

Edited by Tracy Ware


 

RAIN


 

Sharp drives the rain, sharp drives the endless rain.
   The rain-winds wake and wander, lift and blow.
   The slow smoke-wreaths of vapor to and fro
Wave, and unweave, and gather and build again.
Over the far gray reaches of the plain,—
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   Gray miles on miles my passionate thought must go,—
   I strain my sight, grown dim with gazing so,
Pressing my face against the streaming pane.

How the rain beats! Ah God, if love had power
   To voice its utmost yearning, even tho’

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      Thro’ time and bitter distance, not in vain,
Surely Her heart would hear me at this hour,
   Look thro’ the years, and see! But would She know
      The white face pressed against the streaming pane?