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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
Wind
By William Wilfred Campbell (1861–1918)
 
I AM Wind, the deathless dreamer
  Of the summer world;
Tranced in snows of shade and shimmer,
  On a cloud-scarp curled.
 
Fluting through the argent shadow        5
  And the molten shine
Of the golden, lonesome summer
  And its dreams divine.
 
All unseen, I walk the meadows,
  Or I wake the wheat,        10
Speeding o’er the tawny billows
  With my phantom feet.
 
All the world’s face, hushed and sober,
  Wrinkles where I run;
Turning sunshine into shadow,        15
  Shadow into sun,
 
Stirring soft the breast of waters
  With my winnowing wings,
Waking the grey ancient wood
  From hushed imaginings.        20
 
Where the blossoms drowse in languors,
  Or a vagrant sips,
Lifting nodding blade or petal
  To my cooling lips;
 
Far from gloom of shadowed mountain,        25
  Surge of sounding sea,
Bud and blossom, leaf and tendril,
  All are glad of me.
 
Loosed in sunny deeps of heaven,
  Like a dream, I go,        30
Guiding light my genie-driven
  Flocks, in herds of snow;—
 
Ere I moor them o’er the thirsting
  Woods and fields beneath,
Dumbly yearning, from their burning        35
  Dream of parchèd death.
 
Not a sorrow do I borrow
  From the golden day,
Not a shadow holds the meadow
  Where my footsteps stray;        40
 
Light and cool, my kiss is welcome
  Under sun and moon,
To the weary vagrant wending
  Under parchèd noon;
 
To the languid, nodding blossom        45
  In its moonlit dell,
All earth’s children, sad and yearning,
  Know and love me well.
 
Without passion, without sorrow,
  Driven in my dream,        50
Through the season’s trance of sleeping
  Cloud and field and stream,—
 
Haunting woodlands, lakes and forests,
  Seas and clouds impearled,
I am Wind, the deathless dreamer        55
  Of the summer world.
 
 
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