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Poem by Duncan Campbell Scott

To Winter (Come, O thou season of intense repose)

Come, O thou season of intense repose;
Come with thy lidded eyes and crystal breath;
Come gently with thy soft release of snows;
And bring thy few short months of tender death.

Build a huge tomb within the desert frore,
With green clear chambers in the icy rift,
Carve the sleep rune above the crystal door,
And trench a legend in the pallid drift.

Let the large stars about the horizon lie,
Watching the confines of the worldТs great sleep;
Spread the vast province of the purple sky,
With thy wan curtains dropped from deep to deep.

Then hush the stir and bid the movement cease;
Pass gently, leave the tired world in peace.

Duncan Campbell Scott

Duncan Campbell Scott's other poems:
  1. Permanence
  2. The Sea by the Wood
  3. At William Maclennan's Grave
  4. An Impromptu
  5. The River Town

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