Peace on Earth

William Carlos Williams 1883 (Rutherford) – 1963 (Rutherford)



The Archer is wake!
The Swan is flying!
Gold against blue
An Arrow is lying.
There is hunting in heaven--
Sleep safe till tomorrow.

The Bears are abroad!
The Eagle is screaming!
Gold against blue
Their eyes are gleaming!
Sleep!
Sleep safe till tomorrow.

The Sisters lie
With their arms intertwining;
Gold against blue
Their hair is shining!
The Serpent writhes!
Orion is listening!
Gold against blue
His sword is glistening!
Sleep!
There is hunting in heaven--
Sleep safe till tomorrow.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme xaBaCD xaBaED xaBaxaBaECD
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 492
Words 83
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 6, 6, 11

William Carlos Williams

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