Textual History

This poem also appeared in Spring in New Hampshire 1920 [] Claude McKay Winter in the Country Claude McKay Spring in New Hampshire London Grant Richards Ltd. 1920 24 and Cambridge Magazine Summer, 1920 [#] Winter in the Country Cambridge Magazine Summer, 1920 57 .


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Winter in the Country

  1. Sweet life! how lovely to be here

  2. And feel the soft sea-laden breeze

  3. Strike my flushed face, the spruce's fair

  4. Free limbs to see, the lesser trees'

  5. Bare hands to touch, the sparrow's cheep

  6. To heed, and watch his nimble flight

  7. Above the short brown grass asleep.

  8. Love glorious in his friendly might,

  9. Music that every heart could bless,

  10. And thoughts of life serene, divine,

  11. Beyond my power to express,#

  12. Crowd round this lifted heart of mine!

  13. But oh! to leave this paradise

  14. For the city's dirty basement room,

  15. Where, beauty hidden from the eyes,

  16. A table, bed, bureau and broom

  17. In corner set, two crippled chairs

  18. All covered up with dust and grim

  19. With hideousness and scars of years,

  20. And gaslight burning weird and dim,

  21. Will welcome me . . . And yet, and yet

  22. This very wind The sea-wind here#, the winter birds,

  23. The glory of the soft sunset,

  24. Come there There come# to me in words.


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