An October Evening
William Wilfred Campbell, The Dread Voyage: Poems (Toronto: William Briggs, 1893), pp. 141-42. B-10 5840 Fisher Library.
1The woods are haggard and lonely,
2 The skies are hooded for snow,
3The moon is cold in Heaven,
5The bearded swamps are breathing
8 Under the pale Pole Star.
9There is never a voice in Heaven,
10 Nor ever a sound on earth,
11Where the spectres of winter are rising
13There is slumber and death in the silence,
14 There is hate in the winds so keen;
15And the flash of the north's great sword-blade
16 Circles its cruel sheen.
17The world grows agèd and wintry,
18 Love's face peakèd and white;
19And death is kind to the tired ones
20 Who sleep in the north to-night.
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