Classic and Contemporary Poetry
WHEN I DO MOCK, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY Poet's Biography
First Line: When I do mock the blackness of the night
Last Line: That I might drowse away such rhymes as these.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Despair; Moon; Night; Rhyme; Bedtime
When I do mock the blackness of the night
With my despair - outweep the very dews
And wash my wan cheeks stark of all delight,
Denying every counsel of dear use
In mine embittered state; with infinite
Perversity, mine eyes drink in no sight
Of pleasance that nor moon nor stars refuse
In silver largess and gold twinklings bright; --
I question me what mannered brain is mine
That it doth trick me of the very food
It panteth for - the very meat and wine
That yet should plump my starved soul with good
And comfortable plethora of ease,
That I might drowse away such rhymes as these.
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