Song

By Sophie Jewett 1861–1909 Sophie Jewett
“O Love, thou art winged and swift,
   Yet stay with me evermore!”
And I guarded my house with bolt and bar
   Lest Love fly forth at the door.

Without, in the world, ’t was cold,
   While Love and I together
Laughed and sang by my red hearth-fire,   
   Nor knew it was winter weather.

Sweet Love would lull me to sleep,   
   In his tireless arm caressed;
His shadowing wings and burning eyes
   Like night and stars wrought rest.

And ever the beat of Love’s heart
   As a chime rang at my ear;
And ever Love’s bending, beautiful face
   Covered me close from fear.

Was it long ere I waked alone?
   A snow-drift whitened the floor;   
I saw spent ashes upon my hearth
   And Death in my open door.

Source: The Poems of Sophie Jewett (1910)

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Poet Sophie Jewett 1861–1909

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Relationships, Nature, Love, Living, Winter, Death, Romantic Love, Heartache & Loss

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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Born in Moravia, New York, poet Sophie Jewett was the daughter of a country doctor. Her childhood was marked by loss and displacement. When she was seven years old, her mother died, and Jewett was summoned from sleep to observe her passing; her father died two years later. After his death, Jewett and her three siblings moved to Buffalo to live with their uncle and grandmother, both of whom died during Jewett’s adolescence.

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SUBJECT Relationships, Nature, Love, Living, Winter, Death, Romantic Love, Heartache & Loss

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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