William Wilfred Campbell

(1858 - 1918 / Ontario)

An October Evening


1 The woods are haggard and lonely,
2 The skies are hooded for snow,
3 The moon is cold in Heaven,
4 And the grasses are sere below.

5 The bearded swamps are breathing
6 A mist from meres afar,
7 And grimly the Great Bear circles
8 Under the pale Pole Star.

9 There is never a voice in Heaven,
10 Nor ever a sound on earth,
11 Where the spectres of winter are rising
12 Over the night's wan girth.

13 There is slumber and death in the silence,
14 There is hate in the winds so keen;
15 And the flash of the north's great sword-blade
16 Circles its cruel sheen.

17 The world grows agèd and wintry,
18 Love's face peakèd and white;
19 And death is kind to the tired ones
20 Who sleep in the north to-night.

Submitted: Sunday, May 13, 2001

Do you like this poem?
2 person liked.
1 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: lonely, hate, heaven, winter, snow, star, silence, death, moon, sleep, october, night, world, wind, rose, sky

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (An October Evening by William Wilfred Campbell )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  3. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  4. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  5. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  6. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  7. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  9. If, Rudyard Kipling
  10. Home They Brought Her Warrior Dead, Alfred Lord Tennyson

Poem of the Day

poet Sarah Flower Adams

O Love! thou makest all things even
In earth or heaven;
Finding thy way through prison-bars
Up to the stars;
Or, true to the Almighty plan,
That out of dust created man,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. A Gratitude to My Unseen Friends, Akhtar Jawad
  2. I Pray For You, Gillu Rahul
  3. Touch Downs, Saiom Shriver
  4. Bethlehem, Saiom Shriver
  5. Beloved Brand, Pranab K. Chakraborty
  6. The Shadow, Benjamin Michael Clark
  7. Under The Moonlit Nights, I See You, See.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  8. have you seen my hand?, Mandolyn ...
  9. My Inspiration Are You, The Day I Saw You, Bijay Kant Dubey
  10. Azar, Nassy Fesharaki
[Hata Bildir]