BETA

Songs with Refrains.

I.—A Winter Song.

Came the dread Archer up yonder lawn1
(Night is the time for the old to die),2
But woe for an arrow that smote the fawn,3
When the hind that was sick unscathed went by.4
Father lay moaning, “ Her fault was sore5
(Night is the time when the old must die),6
Yet, ah to bless her, my child, once more,7
For heart is failing :  the end is nigh.”8
Daughter, my daughter, my girl,” I cried9
(Night is the time for the old to die),10
Woe for the wish if till morn ye bide ”—11
Dark was the welkin and wild the sky.12
Heavily plunged from the roof the snow13
(Night is the time when the old will die.)14
She answered, “ My mother, ’tis well, I go.”15
Sparkled the north star, the wrack flew high.16
First at his head, and last at his feet17
(Night is the time when the old should die),18
Kneeling I watched till his soul did fleet,19
None else that loved him, none else were nigh.20
I wept in the night as the desolate weep21
(Night is the time for the old to die),22
Cometh my daughter ? the drifts are deep,23
Across the cold hollows how white they lie.24
I sought her afar through the spectral trees25
(Night is the time when the old must die),26
The fells were all muffled, the floods did freeze,27
And a wrathful moon hung red in the sky.28
By night I found her where pent waves steal29
(Night is the time when the old should die),30
But she lay stiff by the locked mill-wheel,31
And the old stars lived in their homes on high.32
An elderly woman rushes towards a young woman who lies dead on the ground in front of a mill. Full-page illustration contained within a single-ruled border.