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The Swifts(1916)

Edward Thomas

How at once should I know
MeterHow at once should I know
When stretched in the harvest blue
MeterWhen stretched in the harvest blue
I saw the swift's black bow,
MeterI saw the swift's black bow,
That I would not have that view
MeterThat I would not have that view
Another day
MeterAnother day
Until next May
MeterUntil next May
Again it is due?
MeterAgain it is due?


The same year after year--
MeterThe same year after year--
But with the swift alone.
MeterBut with the swift alone.
With other things I but fear
MeterWith other things I but fear
That they will be over and done
MeterThat they will be over and done
Suddenly
MeterSuddenly
And I only see
MeterAnd I only see
Them to know them gone.
MeterThem to know them gone.


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