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Editor's Selection of Poems
Sorley’s Weather

by Robert Graves

When outside the icy rain   
  Comes leaping helter-skelter,   
Shall I tie my restive brain   
  Snugly under shelter?   
   
Shall I make a gentle song
  Here in my firelit study,   
When outside the winds blow strong   
  And the lanes are muddy?   
   
With old wine and drowsy meats   
  Am I to fill my belly?
Shall I glutton here with Keats?   
  Shall I drink with Shelley?   
   
Tobacco’s pleasant, firelight’s good:   
  Poetry makes both better.   
Clay is wet and so is mud,  
  Winter rains are wetter.   
   
Yet rest there, Shelley, on the sill,   
  For though the winds come frorely,   
I’m away to the rain-blown hill   
  And the ghost of Sorley.
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