LINES: THE COLD EARTH SLEPT BELOW - William Shakespeare Poems


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 The cold earth slept below;
      Above the cold sky shone;
           And all around,
           With a chilling sound,
From caves of ice and fields of snow
The breath of night like death did flow
           Beneath the sinking moon.

The wintry hedge was black;
      The green grass was not seen;
           The birds did rest
           On the bare thorn's breast,
Whose roots, beside the pathway track,
Had bound their folds o'er many a crack
           Which the frost had made between.

Thine eyes glow'd in the glare
      Of the moon's dying light;
           As a fen-fire's beam
           On a sluggish stream
Gleams dimly--so the moon shone there,
And it yellow'd the strings of thy tangled hair,
           That shook in the wind of night.

The moon made thy lips pale, belov{`e}d;
      The wind made thy bosom chill;
           The night did shed
           On thy dear head
Its frozen dew, and thou didst lie
Where the bitter breath of the naked sky
           Might visit thee at will.