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Poem by Arthur Hugh Clough

The Shady Lane

Whence comest thou? shady lane, and why and how?
Thou, where with idle heart, ten years ago,
I wandered, and with childhoods paces slow
So long unthought of, and remembered now!
Again in vision clear thy pathwayed side
I tread, and view thy orchard plots again
With yellow fruitage hung,and glimmering grain
Standing or shocked through the thick hedge espied.
This hot still noon of August brings the sight;
This quelling silence as of eve or night,
Wherein Earth (feeling as a mother may
After her travails latest bitterest throes)
Looks up, so seemeth it, one half repose,
One half in effort, straining, suffering still.

Arthur Hugh Clough

Arthur Hugh Clough's other poems:
  1. Currente Calamo
  2. The Song of Lamech
  3. O Thou of Llittle Faith
  4. Sic Itur
  5. An Evening Walk in Spring

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