Part III - A Line-storm Song

THE line-storm clouds fly tattered and swift, 
     The road is forlorn all day, 
Where a myriad snowy quartz stones lift, 
     And the hoof-prints vanish away. 
The roadside flowers, too wet for the bee,
     Expend their bloom in vain. 
Come over the hills and far with me, 
     And be my love in the rain.

The birds have less to say for themselves 
     In the wood-world’s torn despair
Than now these numberless years the elves, 
     Although they are no less there: 
All song of the woods is crushed like some 
     Wild, easily shattered rose. 
Come, be my love in the wet woods; come,
     Where the boughs rain when it blows. 

There is the gale to urge behind 
     And bruit our singing down, 
And the shallow waters aflutter with wind 
     From which to gather your gown.
What matter if we go clear to the west, 
     And come not through dry-shod? 
For wilding brooch shall wet your breast 
     The rain-fresh goldenrod. 

Oh, never this whelming east wind swells
     But it seems like the sea’s return 
To the ancient lands where it left the shells 
     Before the age of the fern; 
And it seems like the time when after doubt 
     Our love came back amain.
Oh, come forth into the storm and rout 
     And be my love in the rain.