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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
565. Past and Present
 
Thomas Hood (1798–1845)
 
 
I REMEMBER, I remember
The house where I was born,
The little window where the sun
Came peeping in at morn;
He never came a wink too soon        5
Nor brought too long a day;
But now, I often wish the night
Had borne my breath away.
 
I remember, I remember
The roses, red and white,        10
The violets, and the lily-cups—
Those flowers made of light!
The lilacs where the robin built,
And where my brother set
The laburnum on his birthday,—        15
The tree is living yet!
 
I remember, I remember
Where I was used to swing,
And thought the air must rush as fresh
To swallows on the wing;        20
My spirit flew in feathers then
That is so heavy now,
And summer pools could hardly cool
The fever on my brow.
 
I remember, I remember        25
The fir-trees dark and high;
I used to think their slender tops
Were close against the sky:
It was a childish ignorance,
But now ’tis little joy        30
To know I’m farther off from Heaven
Than when I was a boy.
 

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