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Short poem

George Meredith (1828-1909)

Dirge in Woods

              1A wind sways the pines,
              2      And below
              3Not a breath of wild air;
              4Still as the mosses that glow
              5On the flooring and over the lines
              6Of the roots here and there.
              7The pine-tree drops its dead;
              8They are quiet, as under the sea.
              9Overhead, overhead
            10Rushes life in a race,
            11As the clouds the clouds chase;
            12      And we go,
            13And we drop like the fruits of the tree,
            14      Even we,
            15      Even so.


1] First published in the Fortnightly Review (August 1870) as part of a poem entitled In the Woods. It was later published as a separate poem in the volumes Poems and Ballads of Tragic Life (1887) and A Reading of Earth (1888).

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: As a part of a larger poem, in Fortnightly Review (Aug. 1870). AP 4 F7 ROBA. As a separate poem, in George Meredith, Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life (London: Macmillan, 1897). PR 5008 B3 1887 ROBA end M474 B355 1887 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto) PR 541b VUPX.
First publication date: 1870
RPO poem editor: H. Kerpneck
RP edition: 3RP 3.297.
Recent editing: 2:2002/1/30

Rhyme: abcbacdedffgeeg

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