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IN THE COLD BRIGHT WIND, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Merlin, merlin's gone away
Last Line: And his laughter on the wind.
Subject(s): Merlin


Merlin, Merlin's gone away
With a limmer witch for spouse,
He's gone to spend a sorry year
In the Queen o' Fairies' house.

For gear he's took the sapphie bird
Wi' the bubble in his throat,
His hat was prinked wi' the wee wet flowers
That gaud daft April's coat.

Sunny-cold the bold wind blew
As he strode off down the hill,
His red cloak bellied out and swirled,
His eyes burned gray and chill.

For promise of a warm high bed
And rich renewing drink
He's footed it to Fairyland
Where love's the only swink.

He's gone away, and not alone --
Brightly, O he sinned!
His red cloak glimmers on the thorn
And his laughter on the wind.





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