A Holiday

Lizette Woodworth Reese 1856 (Waverly) – 1935



Along the pastoral ways I go,
To get the healing of the trees,
The ghostly news the hedges know;
To hive me honey like the bees,
Against the time of snow.

The common hawthorn that I see,
Beside the sunken wall astir,
Or any other blossoming tree,
Is each God’s fair white gospeller,
His book upon the knee.

A gust-broken bough; a pilfered nest;
Rumors of orchard or of bin;
The thrifty things of east and west,—
The countryside becomes my Inn,
And I its happy guest.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABABA CDCDC EFEFE
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 464
Words 90
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 5, 5, 5

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