To-night the winds begin to rise
      And roar from yonder dropping day:
      The last red leaf is whirl'd away,
The rooks are blown about the skies;

The forest crack'd, the waters curl'd,
      The cattle huddled on the lea;
      And wildly dash'd on tower and tree
The sunbeam strikes along the world:

And but for fancies, which aver
      That all thy motions gently pass
      Athwart a plane of molten glass,
I scarce could brook the strain and stir

That makes the barren branches loud;
      And but for fear it is not so,
      The wild unrest that lives in woe
Would dote and pore on yonder cloud

That rises upward always higher,
      And onward drags a labouring breast,
      And topples round the dreary west,
A looming bastion fringed with fire.

Last modified 12 February 2010