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Poem by John McCrae


Then and Now


Beneath her window in the fragrant night
I half forget how truant years have flown
Since I looked up to see her chamber-light,
Or catch, perchance, her slender shadow thrown
Upon the casement; but the nodding leaves
Sweep lazily across the unlit pane,
And to and fro beneath the shadowy eaves,
Like restless birds, the breath of coming rain
Creeps, lilac-laden, up the village street
When all is still, as if the very trees
Were listening for the coming of her feet
That come no more; yet, lest I weep, the breeze
Sings some forgotten song of those old years
Until my heart grows far too glad for tears.



John McCrae


John McCrae's other poems:
  1. Equality
  2. Eventide
  3. The Anxious Dead
  4. The Captain
  5. The Dying of Pere Pierre


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Thomas Hardy Then and Now ("When battles were fought") 1915
  • Madison Cawein Then and Now ("When my old heart was young, my dear")
  • Ella Wilcox Then and Now ("A little time agone, a few brief years")

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