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FOR THE BED AT KELMSCOTT, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The wind's on the wold
Last Line: Right good is rest.
Variant Title(s): Inscription For An Old Bed;lines For A Bed Ay Kelmscott Manor
Subject(s): Beds; Cold

The wind's on the wold
And the night is a-cold,
And Thames runs chill
Twixt mead and hill,
But kind and dear
Is the old house here.
And my heart is warm
Midst winter's harm.
Rest then, and rest,
And think of the best
Twixt summer and spring
When all birds sing
In the town of the tree,
And ye lie in me
And scarce dare move
Lest earth and its love
Should fade away

Ere the full of the day.
I am old and have seen
Many things that have been,
Both grief and peace,
And wane and increase.
No tale I tell
Of ill or well,
But this I say,
Night treadeth on day,
And for worst and best
Right good is rest.

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