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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Robert Bridges. 1844–
 
4. Winter Nightfall
 
THE day begins to droop,— 
    Its course is done: 
But nothing tells the place 
    Of the setting sun. 
  
The hazy darkness deepens,         5
    And up the lane 
You may hear, but cannot see, 
    The homing wain. 
  
An engine pants and hums 
    In the farm hard by:  10
Its lowering smoke is lost 
    In the lowering sky. 
  
The soaking branches drip, 
    And all night through 
The dropping will not cease  15
    In the avenue. 
  
A tall man there in the house 
    Must keep his chair: 
He knows he will never again 
    Breathe the spring air:  20
  
His heart is worn with work; 
    He is giddy and sick 
If he rise to go as far 
    As the nearest rick: 
  
He thinks of his morn of life,  25
    His hale, strong years; 
And braves as he may the night 
    Of darkness and tears. 
 
 
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