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JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER

1807-1892

698                                            The Henchman

MY lady walks her morning round,
My ladys page her fleet greyhound,
My ladys hair the fond winds stir,
And all the birds make songs for her.
Her thrushes sing in Rathburn bowers,
And Rathburn side is gay with flowers;
But neer like hers, in flower or bird,
Was beauty seen or music heard.
Oh, proud and calm!she cannot know
Whereer she goes with her I go;
Oh, cold and fair!she cannot guess
I kneel to share her hounds caress!
The hound and I are on her trail,
The wind and I uplift her veil;
As if the calm, cold moon she were,
And I the tide, I follow her.
As unrebuked as they, I share
The licence of the sun and air,
And in a common homage hide
My worship from her scorn and pride.

No lance have I, in joust or fight,
To splinter in my ladys sight;
But, at her feet, how blest were I
For any need of hers to die!

 

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