Midnight

Original Text: 
The Poems of Archibald Lampman, ed. Duncan Campbell Scott (Toronto: George N. Morang, 1900): 34, as reprinted in The Poems of Archibald Lampman (including At the Long Sault), intro. by Margaret Coulby of Toronto Press, 1974), and from Among the Millet and Other Poems (Ottawa: Durie, 1888).
1    From where I sit, I see the stars,
2    And down the chilly floor
3The moon between the frozen bars
4    Is glimmering dim and hoar.
5Without in many a peakèd mound
6    The glinting snowdrifts lie;
7There is no voice or living sound;
8    The embers slowly die.
9Yet some wild thing is in mine ear;
10    I hold my breath and hark;
11Out of the depth I seem to hear
12    A crying in the dark;
13No sound of man or wife or child,
14    No sound of beast that groans,
15Or of the wind that whistles wild,
16    Or of the tree that moans:
17I know not what it is I hear;
18    I bend my head and hark:
19I cannot drive it from mine ear,
20    That crying in the dark.
Publication Start Year: 
1888
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1997.
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