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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
 
Song of the North Wind
By James Benjamin Kenyon (1858–1924)
 
[Born in Frankfort, Herkimer Co., N. Y., 1858. Died in New York, N. Y., 1924. From In Realms of Gold. 1887.]

HARK to the voice of me!
Hear thou the singing
Of him who has never
Been paid for his song!
This is the choice of me,        5
Still to go ringing
The rhymes that forever
Are surly and strong.
 
Know’st thou the regions cold
Whence I have hasted?        10
Know’st thou the way I take
Over the earth?
Still stand the legends old—
Ice-kings unwasted—
Fending the frigid lake        15
Where I had birth.
 
Frost-banded fountains
Snow-fed from far peaks;
Firths of the polar sea
Rigid as stone;        20
Shag-bearded mountains;
Deeps that no star seeks;
Strange lights that solar be—
These I have known.
 
Men fear the breath of me;        25
Sorrow and anguish,
Famine and fever
Follow my path.
I am the death of thee;
I make thee languish;        30
Swiftly I sever
Love’s ties in my wrath.
 
Chains cannot hold me,
Gyves cannot bind me,
Bolts cannot lock me,        35
Floods cannot drown!
Fly—and I fold thee;
Hide—and I find thee;
Cry—and I mock thee;
Howling thee down!        40
 
 
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