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Robert Graves (1895–1985).  Fairies and Fusiliers.  1918.
 
14. Sorley’s Weather
 
 
WHEN outside the icy rain
  Comes leaping helter-skelter,
Shall I tie my restive brain
  Snugly under shelter?
 
Shall I make a gentle song        5
  Here in my firelit study,
When outside the winds blow strong
  And the lanes are muddy?
 
With old wine and drowsy meats
  Am I to fill my belly?        10
Shall I glutton here with Keats?
  Shall I drink with Shelley?
 
Tobacco’s pleasant, firelight’s good:
  Poetry makes both better.
Clay is wet and so is mud,        15
  Winter rains are wetter.
 
Yet rest there, Shelley, on the sill,
  For though the winds come frorely,
I’m away to the rain-blown hill
  And the ghost of Sorley.        20
 

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