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Love And A Question

Dec 11 2007

Love and a Question

After The Road Not Taken, here is another one of Robert Frost poems presented in his own voice. I had not read this one before. I actually ran into it while I was in India. A great story, a great poem, a dilemma for the bridegroom! If you are having issues with the player, here is the MP3 link. Enjoy!

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Words:

A stranger came to the door at eve,
And he spoke the bridegroom fair.
He bore a green-white stick in his hand,
And, for all burden, care.
He asked with the eyes more than the lips
For a shelter for the night,
And he turned and looked at the road afar
Without a window light.

The bridegroom came forth into the porch
With, ‘Let us look at the sky,
And question what of the night to be,
Stranger, you and I.’
The woodbine leaves littered the yard,
The woodbine berries were blue,
Autumn, yes, winter was in the wind;
‘Stranger, I wish I knew.’

Within, the bride in the dusk alone
Bent over the open fire,
Her face rose-red with the glowing coal
And the thought of the heart’s desire.

The bridegroom looked at the weary road,
Yet saw but her within,
And wished her heart in a case of gold
And pinned with a silver pin.

The bridegroom thought it little to give
A dole of bread, a purse,
A heartfelt prayer for the poor of God,
Or for the rich a curse;

But whether or not a man was asked
To mar the love of two
By harboring woe in the bridal house,
The bridegroom wished he knew.

Robert Frost. A Boy’s Will, 1915.

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  • T A RAMESH 10 January, 2008 at 2:56 am

    Concern for the poor even at the time of pleasure is something great!

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  • jayshri 26 April, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    what A treasure!

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