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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 280 pages of information about Poems by Jean Ingelow, In Two Volumes, Volume II..

Fair fall the lights, the harbor lights,
  That brought me in to thee,
And peace drop down on that low roof
  For the sight that I did see,
    And the voice, my dear, that rang so clear
      All for the love of me. 
    For O, for O, with brows bent low
      By the candle’s flickering gleam,
    Her wedding gown it was she wrought,
      Sewing the long white seam.

AN OLD WIFE’S SONG.

And what will ye hear, my daughters dear?—­
  Oh, what will ye hear this night? 
Shall I sing you a song of the yuletide cheer,
  Or of lovers and ladies bright?

“Thou shalt sing,” they say (for we dwell far away
  From the land where fain would we be),
“Thou shalt sing us again some old-world strain
  That is sung in our own countrie.

“Thou shalt mind us so of the times long ago,
  When we walked on the upland lea,
While the old harbor light waxed faint in the white,
  Long rays shooting out from the sea;

“While lambs were yet asleep, and the dew lay deep
  On the grass, and their fleeces clean and fair. 
Never grass was seen so thick nor so green
  As the grass that grew up there!

“In the town was no smoke, for none there awoke—­
  At our feet it lay still as still could be;
And we saw far below the long river flow,
  And the schooners a-warping out to sea.

“Sing us now a strain shall make us feel again
  As we felt in that sacred peace of morn,
When we had the first view of the wet sparkling dew,
  In the shyness of a day just born.”

So I sang an old song—­it was plain and not long—­
  I had sung it very oft when they were small;
And long ere it was done they wept every one: 
  Yet this was all the song—­this was all:—­

The snow lies white, and the moon gives light,
  I’ll out to the freezing mere,
And ease my heart with one little song,
  For none will be nigh to hear. 
  And it’s O my love, my love! 
  And it’s O my dear, my dear! 
It’s of her that I’ll sing till the wild woods ring,
  When nobody’s nigh to hear.

My love is young, she is young, is young;
  When she laughs the dimple dips. 
We walked in the wind, and her long locks blew
  Till sweetly they touched my lips. 
  And I’ll out to the freezing mere,
  Where the stiff reeds whistle so low. 
And I’ll tell my mind to the friendly wind,
  Because I have loved her so.

Ay, and she’s true, my lady is true! 
  And that’s the best of it all;
And when she blushes my heart so yearns
  That tears are ready to fall. 
  And it’s O my love, my love! 
  And it’s O my dear, my dear! 
It’s of her that I’ll sing till the wild woods ring,
  When nobody’s nigh to hear.

COLD AND QUIET.

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