Lake Lyrics and Other Poems

by William Wilfred Campbell


 

A WINTER'S NIGHT


 

   SHADOWY white,
Over the fields are the sleeping fences,
   Silent and still in the fading light,
As the wintry night commences.

   The forest lies

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On the edge of the heavens, bearded and brown;
   He pulls still closer his cloak, and sighs,
As the evening winds come down.

   The snows are wound
As a winding sheet on the river’s breast,

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   And the shivering blast goes wailing round,
As a spirit that cannot rest.

   Calm sleeping night!
Whose jewelled couch reflects the million stars
   That murmur silent music in their flight—

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O, naught thy fair sleep mars.

   And all a dream—
Thy spangled forest in its frosty sleep,
   Thy pallid moon that sheds its misty beam,
And looming wraiths that o’er the moorlands creep,

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   As through the night
The trailing snows wind as a funeral train,
   And softly through the murky morning light
The grim gray day comes stealing up again.