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Trumbull Stickney (1874-1904)

Leave him now Quiet by the Way


              1Leave him now quiet by the way
              2To rest apart.
              3I know what draws him to the dust alway
              4And churns him in the builder's lime:
              5He has the fright of time.

              6I heard it knocking in his breast
              7A minute since;
              8His human eyes did wince,
              9He stubborned like the massive slaughter beast
            10And as a thing o'erwhelmed with sound
            11Stood bolted to the ground.

            12Leave him, for rest alone can cure--
            13If cure there be--
            14This waif upon the sea.
            15He is of those who slanted the great door
            16And listened--wretched little lad--
            17To what they said.


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: The Poems of Trumbull Stickney, ed. George Cabot Lodge, William Vaughn Moody, and John Ellerton Lodge (Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1905): 198 (no. XXVIII of "Later Lyrics"). PS 3537 T525 1905 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1905
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/14

Composition date: 1903
Form: irregular


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