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Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Warm Summer Sun

              1Warm summer sun,
              2    Shine kindly here,
              3Warm southern wind,
              4    Blow softly here.
              5Green sod above,
              6    Lie light, lie light.
              7Good night, dear heart,
              8    Good night, good night.


1] Written by the poet on the tombstone of his wife, Olivia L. Langdon, whom he married in 1870 and who died in Florence on June 6, 1904. Both are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, New York.

Online text copyright © 2004, 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: A Collection of Verse by California Poets from 1849 to 1915, comp. Augustin S. Macdonald (San Francisco: A. M. Robertson, 1914): 22. New York Public Library
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2004
Recent editing: 1:2004/4/24

Form: octave
Rhyme: abcbdefe

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