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Ernestine Northover Ernestine Northover Female, 71, United Kingdom (12/17/2005 1:01:00 PM)

I thought this poem by William Barnes 1801 - 1886 was worth a read, I think it is rather lovely.

A Winter Night.

It was a chilly winter's night;
And frost was glittering on the ground,
And evening stars were twinkling bright;
And from the gloomy plain around
Came no sound,
But where, within the wood-girt tower,
The churchbell slowly struck the hour;
As if that all of human birth
Had risen to the final day,
And soaring from the worn-out earth
Were called in hurry and dismay
Far away;
And I alone of all mankind
Were left in loneliness behind.

Comments appreciated. Love Ernestine XXX

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  • Martha J. Eshelman-Smith (1/30/2006 11:21:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    This is well worth sharing. I find the rhyme pattern to be unusual and interesting: ababbcc dededdff. Do you know anything about the author?

  • Herbert Nehrlich1 (1/18/2006 3:32:00 AM) Post reply Stage

    Guess what? I will make two corrections to this poem and ask you what you think....:
    5th line: came not a sound
    12th line: so far away

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    And Sally won't speak to me any more?

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