Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE RAIN ON THE ROOF, by RICHARD EUGENE BURTON

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First Line: Under the eaves is the haunt I love!
Last Line: The rain on the roof.
Subject(s): Life; Rain; Roofing & Roofers; Thought; Thinking

UNDER the eaves is the haunt I love!
With the outer world a myth,
With the cloud-sea drowning the stars above,
And the day work over with;
To lean me back with my thoughts in tune,
To feel from my cares aloof,
To hear o'erhead in a soothing rune
The rain on the roof.

'Tis a magic realm, where I am king;
I can live a whole life through
In a transient hour, and my dreamings bring
Delight that is ever new;
And the cries without of the weather wild
Seem all for my sole behoof;
And it makes my heart the heart of a child,
The rain on the roof.

My wonder-book it is nigh at hand,
The drip-drip lulls me to rest,
Like a music soft and a spirit bland,
And a comrade whose way is best.
So I see but the fair, smooth face of Life,
Forgetting its cloven hoof,
As I lie and list to the wind's wild strife,
The rain on the roof.

For old-time voices and boyhood calls,
Laughter silver and tears,
All float in as the evening falls
And summons the vanished years.
Though the warp be somber that binds me round,
Yet a sweet and shining woof
Is woven in with that winsome sound,
The rain on the roof.

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