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Short poem

Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918)

Through these Pale Cold Days

              1Through these pale cold days
              2What dark faces burn
              3Out of three thousand years,
              4And their wild eyes yearn,

              5While underneath their brows
              6Like waifs their spirits grope
              7For the pools of Hebron again--
              8For Lebanon's summer slope.

              9They leave these blond still days
            10In dust behind their tread
            11They see with living eyes
            12How long they have been dead.

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: Isaac Rosenberg, The Collected Works of Isaac Rosenberg: Poetry, Prose, Letters, and Some Drawings, ed. Gordon Bottomley and Denys Harding, with a Foreword by Siegfried Sassoon (London: Chatto and Windus, 1937): 91. PR 6035 O67 1937 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1922
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/14

Composition date: 1916 - 1918
Rhyme: unrhyming

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