A Grey Day.

Cloudy ſskies and
Not a wind to go2
Whiſspering to the yellow
All that winds may know.4
Here a berry drops,5
There a leaf hangs ſstill ;6
Melancholy gathers ſslowly7
Over holt and hill.8
While ye darkening day9
Deepens duſskier grey,10
Stealthy ſshadows ſsoftly ſsteal11
Down ye woodland way ;12
Feeble flowers, unwept,13
Fade along the field,14
With ye myſstery of their hiſstory15
Periſshed, unrevealed.16
If we two to-night,17
In ye uncertain light,18
Meet, touch hands,—half-ſshadowy19
Each to other’s ſsight,—20
Sudden thrill may looſse21
Lips from ſsilence’ thrall,22
Sweeteſst viſsion find fruition,23
Love be all in all !24
A man holding a shepherd’s crook stands in a field. He looks down towards a dog who looks up at him. The man and dog are surrounded by sheep. One sheep drinks from a small body of water. Illustration is partially contained within a single-ruled border. An ornamental vegetal plaque extends from the top-left corner toward the poem title. The bottom of frame fades away to look as though the illustration has been burned or torn. 1/4 page.