In youth’s spring, it was my lot
To haunt of the wide earth a spot
The which I could not love the less;
Of a wild lake, with black rock bound,
And the tall trees that tower’d around.
But when the night had thrown her pall
Upon that spot – as upon all,
And the wind would pass me by
In its stilly melody,
My infant spirit would awake
To the terror of the lone lake.
Yes that terror was not fright –
But a tremulous delight,
And a feeling undefined,
Springing from a darkened mind.
Death was in that poisoned wave
And its gulf a fitting grave
For him who thence could solace bring?
To his dark imagining;
Whose wild’ring thought…
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