Textual History

This poem also appears in The Liberator (August, 1921): [*] Claude McKay To One Coming North The Liberator (August, 1921): 11 .


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To One Coming North

  1. At first you'll joy to see the playful snow,

  2. Like white moths trembling on the tropic air,

  3. Or waters of the hills that softly flow

  4. Gracefully falling down a shining stair.

  5. And when the fields and streets are covered white

  6. And the wind-worried void is chilly, raw,

  7. Or underneath a spell of heat and light

  8. The cheerless frozen spots begin to thaw,

  9. Like me you'll long for home, where birds' glad song

  10. Means flowering flower-filled* lanes and leas1 and spaces dry,

  11. And tender thoughts and feelings fine and strong,

  12. Beneath a vivid silver-flecked blue sky.

  13. But oh! more than the changeless sS*outhern isles,

  14. When Spring has shed upon the earth her charm,

  15. You'll love the Northland wreathed in golden smiles

  16. By the miraculous sun turned glad and warm.


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