Grey Flowed the River, High up in the Sky

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Grey Flowed the River, High up in the Sky by Henry Head
Sun and Shower
From Destroyers and Other Verses (Oxford, 1919)


She…


Grey flowed the river, high up in the sky

Flocculent clouds hung silver-grey:

Cool and clean the wind went by

With a scent of spring, when you and I

Made holiday.


You found an inn where the river’s bow

Encloses a garden of sandy weeds;

And a ferryman’s boat piles to and fro

From bank to bank, and kingcups glow

In the yellow reeds.


We climbed the wood to an open space

And looked on a valley clothed in green,

With a poplar fringe of orange lace;

No drifting shadow marred the face

Of the happy scene.


We watched the horizontal light

Of sunset silver each shallow pool-

And wondered, at home in the city that nigh

Was ever a day of rich delight

So calm and cool.


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