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Poem by Duncan Campbell Scott


An Impromptu


The stars are in the ebon sky,
  Burning, gold, alone;
The wind roars over the rolling earth,
  Like water over a stone.

We are like things in a river-bed
  The stream runs over,
They see the iris, and arrowhead,
  Anemone, and clover.

But they cannot touch the shining things,
  For all their strife,
For the strong river swirls and swings--
  And that is much like life.

For life is a plunging and heavy stream,
  And thereТs something bright above;
But the ills of breathing only seem,
  When we know the light is love.

The stars are in the ebon sky,
  Burning, gold, alone;
The wind roars over the rolling earth,
  Like water over a stone.



Duncan Campbell Scott


Duncan Campbell Scott's other poems:
  1. The Height of Land
  2. The Sea by the Wood
  3. At William Maclennan's Grave
  4. In Snow-Time
  5. From Shadow


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