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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
The Light’ood Fire
By John Henry Boner (1845–1903)
 
WHEN wintry days are dark and drear
  And all the forest ways grow still,
When gray snow-laden clouds appear
  Along the bleak horizon hill,
When cattle all are snugly penned        5
  And sheep go huddling close together,
When steady streams of smoke ascend
  From farm-house chimneys—in such weather
    Give me old Carolina’s own,
    A great log house, a great hearthstone,        10
    A cheering pipe of cob or briar
    And a red, leaping light’ood fire.
 
When dreary day draws to a close
  And all the silent land is dark,
When Boreas down the chimney blows        15
  And sparks fly from the crackling bark,
When limbs are bent with snow or sleet
  And owls hoot from the hollow tree,
With hounds asleep about your feet,
  Then is the time for reverie.        20
    Give me old Carolina’s own,
    A hospitable wide hearthstone,
    A cheering pipe of cob or briar
    And a red, rousing light’ood fire.
 
 
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