Edwin Muir Poems

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1.
The Horses

Barely a twelvemonth after
The seven days war that put the world to sleep,
Late in the evening the strange horses came.
By then we had made our covenant with silence,
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2.
Merlin

O Merlin in your crystal cave
Deep in the diamond of the day,
Will there ever be a singer
Whose music will smooth away
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3.
The Castle

All through that summer at ease we lay,
And daily from the turret wall
We watched the mowers in the hay
And the enemy half a mile away
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4.
Scotland's Winter

Now the ice lays its smooth claws on the sill,
The sun looks from the hill
Helmed in his winter casket,
And sweeps his arctic sword across the sky.
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5.
The Good Man In Hell

If a good man were ever housed in Hell
By needful error of the qualities,
Perhaps to prove the rule or shame the devil,
Or speak the truth only a stranger sees,
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6.
Horses

Those lumbering horses in the steady plough,
On the bare field - I wonder, why, just now,
They seemed terrible, so wild and strange,
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7.
In Love For Long

I've been in love for long
With what I cannot tell
And will contrive a song
For the intangible
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8.
Circle And Square

‘I give you half of me;
No more, lest I should make
A ground for perjury.
For your sake, for my sake,
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9.
The Animals

They do not live in the world,
Are not in time and space.
From birth to death hurled
No word do they have, not one
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10.
The Combat

It was not meant for human eyes,
That combat on the shabby patch
Of clods and trampled turf that lies
Somewhere beneath the sodden skies
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