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ARCADIAN WINTER

Written by: Willa Cather | Biography
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 WOE is me to tell it thee, 
Winter winds in Arcady! 
Scattered is thy flock and fled 
From the glades where once it fed, 
And the snow lies drifted white 
In the bower of our delight, 
Where the beech threw gracious shade 
On the cheek of boy and maid: 
And the bitter blasts make roar 
Through the fleshless sycamore. 

White enchantment holds the spring, 
Where thou once wert wont to sing, 
And the cold hath cut to death 
Reeds melodious of thy breath. 
He, the rival of thy lyre, 
Nightingale with note of fire, 
Sings no more; but far away, 
From the windy hill-side gray, 
Calls the broken note forlorn 
Of an aged shepherd's horn. 

Still about the fire they tell 
How it long ago befell 
That a shepherd maid and lad 
Met and trembled and were glad; 
When the swift spring waters ran, 
And the wind to boy or man 
Brought the aching of his sires-- 
Song and love and all desires. 
Ere the starry dogwoods fell 
They were lovers, so they tell. 

Woe is me to tell it thee, 
Winter winds in Arcady! 
Broken pipes and vows forgot, 
Scattered flocks returning not, 
Frozen brook and drifted hill, 
Ashen sun and song-birds still; 
Songs of summer and desire 
Crooned about the winter fire; 
Shepherd lads with silver hair, 
Shepherd maids no longer fair.



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