Sonnet IX: Keen, Fitful Gusts Are


    Keen, fitful gusts are whisp'ring here and there
    Among the bushes half leafless, and dry;
    The stars look very cold about the sky,
    And I have many miles on foot to fare.
    Yet feel I little of the cool bleak air,
    Or of the dead leaves rustling drearily,
    Or of those silver lamps that burn on high,
    Or of the distance from home's pleasant lair:
    For I am brimfull of the friendliness
    That in a little cottage I have found;
    Of fair-hair'd Milton's eloquent distress,
    And all his love for gentle Lycid drown'd;
    Of lovely Laura in her light green dress,
    And faithful Petrarch gloriously crown'd.


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