Herman Melville

(1 August 1819 – 28 September 1891 / New York City, New York)

Monody - Poem by Herman Melville

To have known him, to have loved him
After loneness long;
And then to be estranged in life,
And neither in the wrong;
And now for death to set his seal--
Ease me, a little ease, my song!

By wintry hills his hermit-mound
The sheeted snow-drifts drape,
And houseless there the snow-bird flits
Beneath the fir-trees' crape:
Glazed now with ice the cloistral vine
That hid the shyest grape.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 19, 2010

Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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