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Short poem

Trumbull Stickney (1874-1904)

Six O'Clock

              1Now burst above the city's cold twilight
              2The piercing whistles and the tower-clocks:
              3For day is done. Along the frozen docks
              4The workmen set their ragged shirts aright.
              5Thro' factory doors a stream of dingy light
              6Follows the scrimmage as it quickly flocks
              7To hut and home among the snow's gray blocks. --
              8I love you, human labourers. Good-night!
              9Good-night to all the blackened arms that ache!
            10Good-night to every sick and sweated brow,
            11To the poor girl that strength and love forsake,
            12To the poor boy who can no more! I vow
            13The victim soon shall shudder at the stake
            14And fall in blood: we bring him even now.

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): 208 (no. XXXI from "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: sonnet
Rhyme: abbaabbacdcdcd

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