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Short poem

Trumbull Stickney (1874-1904)

Near Helikon

              1By such an all-embalming summer day
              2As sweetens now among the mountain pines
              3Down to the cornland yonder and the vines,
              4To where the sky and sea are mixed in gray,
              5How do all things together take their way
              6Harmonious to the harvest, bringing wines
              7And bread and light and whatsoe'er combines
              8In the large wreath to make it round and gay.
              9To me my troubled life doth now appear
            10Like scarce distinguishable summits hung
            11Around the blue horizon: places where
            12Not even a traveller purposeth to steer, --
            13Whereof a migrant bird in passing sung,
            14And the girl closed her window not to hear.

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): 203 (one of the "Sonnets from Greece"). 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: sonnet
Rhyme: abbaabbacdeedc

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