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1896 edition. Excerpt: ...Michael been, Nor had he left the meadows
green Dotted about with spreading trees, And fresh with sun and
rain and breeze, For those mirk woods, and now his eyes Gazed round
about for mysteries. Since many an old wife's tale he knew; Huge
woodcutters in raiment blue, The remnant of a mighty race. The
ancient masters of the place, And hammering trolls he looked to
see. And dancers of the faerie, Who, as the ancient stories told,
In front were lovely to behold, But empty shells seen from behind.
So on they rode until the wind Had died out, stifled by the trees,
And Michael 'mid those images Of strange things made alive by fear,
Grew drowsy in the forest drear; Nor noted how the time went past
Until they nigh had reached at last The borders of the spruce-tree
wood; And with a tingling of the blood Samuel bethought him of the
day When turned about the other way He carried him he rode with
now. For the firs ended on the brow Of a rough gravelly hill, and
there Lay a small valley nowise fair Beneath them, clear at first
of all But brake, till amid rushes tall Down in the bottom alders
grew Crabbed and rough; and winding through The clayey mounds a
brook there was Oozy and foul, half choked with grass. There now
the Squire awhile drew rein, And noted how the ground again Rose up
upon the other side, And saw a green glade opening wide Twixt oaks
and hollies, and he knew Full well what place it led unto; Withal
he heard the bittern's boom, And though without the fir-wood's
gloom They now were come, yet red and low The sun above the trees
did show, And in despite of hardihead, The old squire had a mortal
dread Of lying in the wood alone When that was done that should be
done. Now Michael, wakened by the wind, Clutched tighter at the
belt behind, And with...
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