Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE RAIN, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY



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THE RAIN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The rain! The rain! The rain!
Last Line: O the rain! The rain! The rain!
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Rain; Rivers


I

THE rain! the rain! the rain!
It gushed from the skies and streamed
Like awful tears; and the sick man thought
How pitiful it seemed!
And he turned his face away
And stared at the wall again,
His hopes nigh dead and his heart worn out.
O the rain! the rain! the rain!

II

The rain! the rain! the rain!
And the broad stream brimmed the shores;
And ever the river crept over the reeds
And the roots of the sycamores:
A corpse swirled by in a drift
Where the boat had snapt its chain --
And a hoarse-voiced mother shrieked and raved.
O the rain! the rain! the rain!

III

The rain! the rain! the rain! --
Pouring, with never a pause,
Over the fields and the green byways --
How beautiful it was!
And the new-made man and wife
Stood at the window-pane
Like two glad children kept from school.
O the rain! the rain! the rain!





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