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Trumbull Stickney (1874-1904)

Mnemosyne


              1It 's autumn in the country I remember.

              2How warm a wind blew here about the ways!
              3And shadows on the hillside lay to slumber
              4During the long sun-sweetened summer-days.

              5It's cold abroad the country I remember.

              6The swallows veering skimmed the golden grain
              7At midday with a wing aslant and limber;
              8And yellow cattle browsed upon the plain.

              9It 's empty down the country I remember.

            10I had a sister lovely in my sight:
            11Her hair was dark, her eyes were very sombre;
            12We sang together in the woods at night.

            13It 's lonely in the country I remember.

            14The babble of our children fills my ears,
            15And on our hearth I stare the perished ember
            16To flames that show all starry thro' my tears.

            17It 's dark about the country I remember.

            18There are the mountains where I lived. The path
            19Is slushed with cattle-tracks and fallen timber,
            20The stumps are twisted by the tempests' wrath.

            21But that I knew these places are my own,
            22I 'd ask how came such wretchedness to cumber
            23The earth, and I to people it alone.

            24It rains across the country I remember.

Notes

22] cumber: trouble, burden.


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): 29-30. PS 3537 T525 1905 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1902
Publication date note: Dramatic Verses (1902), p. 25
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/14

Rhyme: a bab a cac a ...


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