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Short poem

Trumbull Stickney (1874-1904)


              1Chide me not, darling, that I sing
              2Familiar thoughts and metres old:
              3Nay, do not scold
              4My spirit's childish uttering.

              5I know not why 't is that or this
              6I murmur to you thus or so:
              7Only I know
              8It throbs across my silences,

              9It blows over my heart,--a long
            10Infinite wind, again, again!
            11Again! and then
            12My life kneels down into a song.

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): 180 (no. XIV 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: October 1902
Rhyme: abba

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