The Bench of Boors
Collected Poems of Herman Melville, ed. Howard P. Vincent (Chicago: Packard, 1947): 229-30. PS 2382 V5 Robarts Library
3 A wakeful brain
4 Elaborates pain:
5Within low doors the slugs of boors
6Laze and yawn and doze again.
7In dreams they doze, the drowsy boors,
8Their hazy hovel warm and small:
9 Thought's ampler bound
10 But chill is found:
11Within low doors the basking boors
12Snugly hug the ember-mound.
13Sleepless, I see the slumberous boors
14Their blurred eyes blink, their eyelids fall:
15 Thought's eager sight
16 Aches -- overbright!
17Within low doors the boozy boors
18Cat-naps take in pipe-bowl light.
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