Sonnets. Part II, XXX

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"Sonnets. Part II, XXX."Poems (Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1864): 228. Internet Archive

1Yet , even mid merry boyhood's tricks and scapes,
2Early my heart a deeper lesson learnt;
3Wandering alone by many a mile of burnt
4Black woodside, that but the snow-flake decks and drapes.
5And I have stood beneath Canadian sky,
6In utter solitudes, where the cricket's cry
7Appals the heart, and fear takes visible shapes;
8And on Long Island's void and isolate capes
9Heard the sea break like iron bars: and still,
10In all, I seemed to hear the same deep dirge;
11Borne in the wind, the insect's tiny trill,
12And crash and jangle of the shaking surge;
13And knew not what they meant, -- prophetic woe?
14Dim bodings, wherefore? Now, indeed, I know!
Publication Start Year: 
1860
RPO poem Editors: 
Data entry: Sharine Leung
RPO Edition: 
2012
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