Country Sentiment

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Author: Robert Ranke Graves

A Frosty Night.

Mother

Alice, dear, what ails you,
Dazed and white and shaken? Has the chill night numbed you?
Is it fright you have taken?

Alice

Mother, I am very well,
I felt never better, Mother, do not hold me so,
Let me write my letter.

Mother

Sweet, my dear, what ails you?

Alice

No, but I am well; The night was cold and frosty, There’s no more to tell.

Mother

Ay, the night was frosty,
Coldly gaped the moon, Yet the birds seemed twittering
Through green boughs of June.

Soft and thick the snow lay,
Stars danced in the sky. Not all the lambs of May-day
Skip so bold and high.

Your feet were dancing, Alice,
Seemed to dance on air, You looked a ghost or angel
In the starlight there.

Your eyes were frosted starlight, Your heart fire and snow. Who was it said, "I love you"?

Alice

Mother, let me go!

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Chicago: Robert Ranke Graves, "A Frosty Night.," Country Sentiment, ed. Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Country Sentiment (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed August 12, 2020, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=67IHR5FR69SNLWD.

MLA: Graves, Robert Ranke. "A Frosty Night." Country Sentiment, edited by Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Country Sentiment, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 12 Aug. 2020. originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=67IHR5FR69SNLWD.

Harvard: Graves, RR, 'A Frosty Night.' in Country Sentiment, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Country Sentiment, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 12 August 2020, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=67IHR5FR69SNLWD.