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John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892).  The Poetical Works in Four Volumes.  1892.
 
Poems Subjective and Reminiscent
A Memory
 
HERE, while the loom of Winter weaves
  The shroud of flowers and fountains,
I think of thee and summer eves
  Among the Northern mountains.
 
When thunder tolled the twilight’s close,        5
  And winds the lake were rude on,
And thou wert singing, Ca’ the Yowes,
  The bonny yowes of Cluden!
 
When, close and closer, hushing breath,
  Our circle narrowed round thee,        10
And smiles and tears made up the wreath
  Wherewith our silence crowned thee;
 
And, strangers all, we felt the ties
  Of sisters and of brothers;
Ah! whose of all those kindly eyes        15
  Now smile upon another’s?
 
The sport of Time, who still apart
  The waifs of life is flinging;
Oh, nevermore shall heart to heart
  Draw nearer for that singing!        20
 
Yet when the panes are frosty-starred,
  And twilight’s fire is gleaming,
I hear the songs of Scotland’s bard
  Sound softly through my dreaming!
 
A song that lends to winter snows        25
  The glow of summer weather,—
Again I hear thee ca’ the yowes
  To Cluden’s hills of heather!

  1854.
 
 
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