Oh, Gray And Tender Is The Rain

Lizette Woodworth Reese 1856 (Waverly) – 1935



Oh, gray and tender is the rain,
That drips, drips on the pane!
A hundred things come in the door,
The scent of herbs, the thought of yore.

I see the pool out in the grass,
A bit of broken glass;
The red flags running wet and straight,
Down to the little flapping gate.

Lombardy poplars tall and three,
Across the road I see;
There is no loveliness so plain
As a tall poplar in the rain.

But oh, the hundred things and more,
That come in at the door! --
The smack of mint, old joy, old pain,
Caught in the gray and tender rain.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 25, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AABB CCDD EEAA BBAA
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 520
Words 108
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4

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