Agnes Ethelwyn Wetherald was a Canadian poet.
She was born at Rockwood, Ontario, the daughter of Rev. William Wetherald, a Quaker minister. She was educated at the Friends' Boarding School in Union, New York, and at Pickering College. She sold her first poem to St. Nicholas Magazine at 17, and soon was contributing to many publications throughout Canada and the United States, including The Globe, The Week, and Rose-Belford's Canadian Magazine. She co-wrote a novel, An Algonquin Maiden (1887), with Graeme Mercer Adam, and in 1895 published her first volume of poetry.
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Ethelwyn Wetherald Poems
The Snow Storm
The Great soft downy snow storm like a cloak Descends to wrap the lean world head to feet; It gives the dead another winding sheet,
The Hay Field
With slender arms outstretching in the sun The grass lies dead; The wind walks tenderly and stirs not one Frail fallen head.
Now that the earth has hid her lovely brood Of green things in her breast safe out of sight,
The Indigo Bird
When I see, High on the tip-top twig of a tree, Something blue by the breezes stirred, But so far up that the blue is blurred,
Muck of the sty, reek of the trough, Blackened my brow where all might see, Yet while I was a great way off
Mother and Child
I saw a mother holding Her play-worn baby son, Her pliant arms enfolding The drooping little one.
In the Crowd
Here in the crowded city's busy street, Swayed by the eager, jostling, hasting throng, Where Traffic's voice grows harsher and more strong,
Hearing the strange night-piercing sound Of woe that strove to sing, I followed where it hid, and found A small soft-throated thing,
My orders are to fight; Then if I bleed, or fail, Or strongly win, what matters it?
Thank God for pluck–unknown to slaves– The self ne'er of its Self bereft, Who, when the right arm's shattered, waves The good flag with the left.
Unto my friends I give my thoughts, Unto my God my soul, Unto my foe I leave my love– These are of life the whole.
The House of the Trees
Open your doors and take me in, Spirit of the wood; Wash me clean of dust and din, Clothe me in your mood.
One day I caught up with my angel, she Who calls me bell-like from a sky-touched tower. 'Twas in my roof-room, at the stillest hour
If One Might Live
If one might live ten years among the leaves, Ten–only ten–of all a life's long day, Who would not choose a childhood 'neath the eaves
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The Snow Storm
The Great soft downy snow storm like a cloak
Descends to wrap the lean world head to feet;
It gives the dead another winding sheet,
It buries all the roofs until the smoke
Seems like a soul that from its clay has broke.
It broods moon-like upon the Autumn wheat,
And visits all the trees in their retreat
To hood and mantle that poor shivering folk.
With wintry bloom it fills the harshest grooves
In jagged pine stump fences. Every sound
It hushes to the footstep of a nun.
Sweet Charity! that brightens where it moves
Inducing darkest bits of ...