Winter Evening

Original Text: 
The Poems of Archibald Lampman, ed. Duncan Campbell Scott (Toronto: George N. Morang, 1900): 243, as reprinted in The Poems of Archibald Lampman (including At the Long Sault), intro. by Margaret Coulby of Toronto Press, 1974), and from Alcyone (Ottawa: Ogilvy, 1899).
1To-night the very horses springing by
2Toss gold from whitened nostrils. In a dream
3The streets that narrow to the westward gleam
4Like rows of golden palaces; and high
5From all the crowded chimneys tower and die
6A thousand aureoles. Down in the west
7The brimming plains beneath the sunset rest,
8One burning sea of gold. Soon, soon shall fly
9The glorious vision, and the hours shall feel
10A mightier master; soon from height to height,
11With silence and the sharp unpitying stars,
12Stern creeping frosts, and winds that touch like steel,
13Out of the depth beyond the eastern bars,
14Glittering and still shall come the awful night.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1997.