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            Robert Frost (1874-1963)

              A LINE-STORM SONG

    The line-storm clouds fly tattered and swift.
        The road is forlorn all day,
    Where a myriad snowy quartz-stones lift,
        And the hoofprints vanish away.
    The roadside flowers, too wet for the bee,
        Expend their bloom in vain.
    Come over the hills and far with me,
        And be my love in the rain.

    The birds have less to say for themselves
        In the wood-world's torn despair
    Than now these numberless years the elves,
        Although they are no less there:
    All song of the woods is crushed like some
        Wild, easily shattered rose.
    Come, be my love in the wet woods, come,
        Where the boughs rain when it blows.

    There is the gale to urge behind
        And bruit our singing down,
    And the shallow waters aflutter with wind
        From which to gather your gown.
    What matter if we go clear to the west,
        And come not through dry-shod?
    For wilding brooch, shall wet your breast
        The rain-fresh goldenrod.

    Oh, never this whelming east wind swells
        But it seems like the sea's return
    To the ancient lands where it left the shells
        Before the age of the fern;
    And it seems like the time when, after doubt,
        Our love came back amain.
    Oh, come forth into the storm and rout
        And be my love in the rain.


A Line-Storm Song first appeared in New England Magazine in October 1907. It was collected in Frost's 1913 A Boy's Will. It can be found in:
  • Frost, Robert. The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. New York: Hold, Rinehart, and Winston, 1969.