The Ash Grove
Half of the grove stood dead, and those that yet lived made Little more than the dead ones made of shade. If they led to a house, long before they had seen its fall: But they welcomed me; I was glad without cause and delayed. Scarce a hundred paces under the trees was the interval - Paces each sweeter than the sweetest miles - but nothing at all, Not even the spirits of memory and fear with restless wing, Could climb down in to molest me over the wall That I passed through at either end without noticing. And now an ash grove far from those hills can bring The same tranquillity in which I wander a ghost With a ghostly gladness, as if I heard a girl sing The song of the Ash Grove soft as love uncrossed, And then in a crowd or in distance it were lost, But the moment unveiled something unwilling to die And I had what I most desired, without search or desert or cost.
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