Sidney Lanier composed this poem in 1864 in Point Lookout Prison, where he was prisoner of war after being captured by Union Forces during the American Civil War. This poem is grouped among his “unrevised early works”.
117500The Palm and the Pine From the German of HeineSidney Lanier
In the far North stands a Pine-tree, lone,
Upon a wintry height;
It sleeps: around it snows have thrown
A covering of white.
It dreams forever of a Palm
That, far i’ the Morning-land,
Stands silent in a most sad calm
Midst of the burning sand.