Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
''We were young, we were merry, we were very very wise,Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (1861-1907), British poet. Unwelcome (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
And the door stood open at our feast,
When there passed us a woman with the West in her eyes,
And a man with his back to the East.''
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I HAVE walked a great while over the snow,
And I am not tall nor strong.
My clothes are wet, and my teeth are set,
And the way was hard and long.
I have wandered over the fruitful earth,
But I never came here before.
Oh, lift me over the threshold, and let me in at the door!
The cutting wind is a cruel foe.