THE ARCTIC LOVER
by William Cullen Bryant
THE ARCTIC LOVER -
Gone is the longlong winter night;
Lookmy beloved one!
How gloriousthrough his depths of light
Rolls the majestic sun!
The willowswaked from winter's death
Give out a fragrance like thy breath-
The summer is begun! -
Ay'tis the long bright summer day:
Hark to that mighty crash!
The loosened ice-ridge breaks away-
The smitten waters flash;
Seaward the glittering mountain rides
Whiledown its green translucent sides
The foamy torrents dash. -
Seelovemy boat is moored for thee
By ocean's weedy floor-
The petrel does pot skim the sea
More swiftly than my oar.
We'll go whereon the rocky isles
Her eggs the screaming sea-fowl piles
Beside the pebbly shore. -
Orbide thou where the poppy blows
With wind-flowers frail and fair
While Iupon his isle of snow
Seek and defy the bear.
Fierce though he beand huge of frame
This arm his savage strength shall tame
And drag him from his lair. -
When crimson sky and flamy cloud
Bespeak the summer o'er
And the dead valleys wear a shroud
Of snows that melt no more
I'll build of ice thy winter home
With glistening walls and glassy dome
And spread with skins the floor. -
The white fox by thy couch shall play;
Andfrom the frozen skies
The meteors of a mimic day
Shall flash upon thine eyes.
And I- for such thy vow- meanwhile
Shall hear thy voice and see thy smile
Till that long midnight flies. - -