A Winter's Night

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A Winter's Night
written by William Henry Davies
From "Forty New Poems", (1918) Link to further information




It is a winter's night and cold,
  The wind is blowing half a gale;
I, with a red-hot poker, stir
  To take the chill off my old ale.

I drink my ale, I smoke my pipe,
  While fire-flames leap to fight the cold;
And yet, before my bedtime comes,
  I must look out on the wide world.

And what strange beauty I behold:
  The wild fast-driven clouds this night
Hurled at the moon, whose smiling face
  Still shines with undiminished light.

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