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Katharine Hinkson (1861-1931)


For Pamela

              1For that one angry word I spoke,
              2     And for her wild surprise,
              3Through the long night, the still night,
              4     I watch with sleepless eyes.

              5In the lone hour, the dark hour,
              6     Come back her grief and pain,
              7Again, her great and frightened eyes,
              8     Her tears that ran like rain.

              9Then she was in my arms again,
            10     Weeping against my breast:
            11In the grey house, the dim house
            12     It will not let me rest.

            13For that one wrong I did, O child
            14     Quick to forgive, forget,
            15In the dim light, the owl's light,
            16     'Tis I remember yet.

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: Katharine Tynan, Irish Poems (London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1913): 64. 9700.d.1471 Cambridge University Library
First publication date: 1913
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2002
Recent editing: 1:2002/12/30

Form: quatrains
Rhyme: abcb

Other poems by Katharine Hinkson