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THE EXILE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Since I have lost the mountains, I
Last Line: I see the mountains in my dreams.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hinkson, Katharine Tynan
Subject(s): Exiles; Longing; Memory; Mountains; Hills; Downs (great Britain)

SINCE I have lost the mountains, I
Look for them in the waste of sky,
And think to see at the street's close
The lovely line of blue and rose
The mountains keep that once I knew.

There are no mountains here at all,
But only the blank roof and wall
Of many houses red and grey.
I had forgotten the old way
The mountains keep in rain and dew.

Even in the pleasant country places,
Where the fields' faces are friends' faces,
The mountains I shall not forget,
The mountains come between us yet,
Between me and the woods and streams.

The wind that blows across them calls
Ever at dawn and evenfalls,
And I am suddenly forlorn.
Across the pastures and ripe corn
I see the mountains in my dreams.

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