Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SUMMER RAIN, by DAVID HARTLEY COLERIDGE

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SUMMER RAIN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thick lay the dust, uncomfortably white
Last Line: Joy filled the brook, and comfort cheered the field.
Alternate Author Name(s): Coleridge, Hartley
Subject(s): Nature; Rain

THICK lay the dust, uncomfortably white,
In glaring mimicry of Arab sand.
The woods and mountains slept in hazy light;
The meadows looked athirst and tawny tanned;
The little rills had left their channels bare,
With scarce a pool to witness what they were;
And the shrunk river gleamed 'mid oozy stones,
That stared like any famished giant's bones.
Sudden the hills grew black, and hot as stove
The air beneath; it was a toil to be.
There was a growling as of angry Jove,
Provoked by Juno's prying jealousy --
A flash -- a crash -- the firmament was split,
And down it came in drops -- the smallest fit
To drown a bee in fox-glove bell concealed;
Joy filled the brook, and comfort cheered the field.

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