The Iceberg and Other Poems

by Charles G.D. Roberts


 

WESTCOCK HILL


 

AS I came over Westcock Hill
    My heart was full of tears.
Under the summer’s pomp I heard
    The spending of the years.
Oh, the sweet years!   The swift years!
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    The years that lapse away!

I saw the green slopes bathed in sun,
    The marshlands stretched afar,
And, hurrying pale between its dikes,
    My memoried Tantramar.

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Oh, the sweet years!   The swift years!
    The years that lapse away!

The salt tang and the buckwheat scents
    Were on the breathing air;
And all was glad. But I was sad

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    For one who was not there.
Oh, the sweet years!   The swift years!
    The years that lapse away!

I wandered down to Westcock Church,
    The old grey church in the wood.

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Kneeling, I heard my father’s voice
    In that hushed solitude.
Oh, the sweet years!   The swift years!
    The years that lapse away!

I saw again his surpliced form.

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    I heard the hymning choir.
Shadows!—and dreams! Alone remained
    The ache of my desire.
Oh, the sweet years!   The swift years!
    The years that lapse away!
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He sleeps;—how many a year removed,
    How many a league withdrawn
From these dear woods, these turbid floods,
    These fields that front the dawn.
Oh, the sweet years!   The swift years!—
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    The years have lapsed away!