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Short poem

David Herbert Lawrence (1885-1930)


              1The great gold apples of night
              2Hang from the street's long bough
              3     Dripping their light
              4On the faces that drift below,
              5On the faces that drift and blow
              6Down the night-time, out of sight
              7     In the wind's sad sough.

              8The ripeness of these apples of night
              9Distilling over me
            10     Makes sickening the white
            11Ghost-flux of faces that hie
            12Them endlessly, endlessly by
            13Without meaning or reason why
            14     They ever should be.


7] sough: sighing.

11] hie: hurry.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: D. H. Lawrence, Look! We Have Come Through! (London: Chatto and Windus, 1917): 118. PR 6023 A93 L6 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1917
Publication date note: See Roberts A10
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 4:2002/1/8

Composition date: 1910
Composition date note: Revised 1917 (See Kinkead-Weekes, 745)
Rhyme: abaccab adaeeed

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