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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
Northern Pines
By Arthur Stringer (1874–1950)
I PASS where the pines for Christmas
  Stand thick in the crowded street,
Where the groves of Dream and Silence
  Are paced by feverish feet.
And far through the rain and the street-cries        5
  My homesick heart goes forth
To the pine-clad hills of childhood,
  To the dark and tender North.
And I see the glooming pine-lands,
  And I thrill to the Northland cold,        10
Where the sunset falls in silence
  On the hills of gloom and gold!
And the still dusk woods close round me,
  And I know the waiting eyes
Of my North, as a child’s, are tender,        15
  As a sorrowing mother’s, wise!

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