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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
In the Monastery
 
Norreys Jephson O’Conor
 
 
COLD is the wind to-night, and rough the sea,
Too rough for even the daring Dane to find
A landing-place upon the frozen lea.
  Cold is the wind.
 
The blast sweeps round the chapel from behind,        5
Making the altar-light flare fitfully,
While I must kneel and pray with troubled mind.
 
Patrick and Brigid, I have prayed to ye!
The night is over, and my task resigned
To Colum. Though God’s own dwelling shelter me,        10
  Cold is the wind.
 

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