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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
 
III. The Seasons
Before the Rain
Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836–1907)
 
WE knew it would rain, for all the morn
  A spirit on slender ropes of mist
Was lowering its golden buckets down
  Into the vapory amethyst
 
Of marshes and swamps and dismal fens—        5
  Scooping the dew that lay in the flowers,
Dipping the jewels out of the sea,
  To scatter them over the land in showers.
 
We knew it would rain, for the poplars showed
  The white of their leaves, the amber grain        10
Shrunk in the wind—and the lightning now
  Is tangled in tremulous skeins of rain.
 
 
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