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Language: English

I have heard a lady this night
   Lissom and jimp and slim,
Calling me - calling me over the heather,
   'Neath the beech boughs dusk and dim.

I have followed a lady this night,
   Followed her far and lone,
Fox and adder and weasel know
   The ways that we have gone.

I sit at my supper 'mid honest faces,
   And crumble my crust and say
Nought in the long-drawn drawl of the voices
   Talking the hours away.

I'll go to my chamber under the gable,
   And the moon will lift her light
Into my lattice from over the moorland
   Hollow and still and bright.

And I know she will shine on a lady of witchcraft,
   Gladness and grief to see,
Who has taken my heart with her nimble fingers,
   Calls in my dreams to me;

Who has led me a dance by dell and dingle
   My human soul to win,
Made me a changeling to my own, own mother,
   A stranger to my kin.

Confirmed with Peacock Pie. A Book of Rhymes by Walter de la Mare, London: Constable & Co. Ltd., [1920], page 136.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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Text added to the website: 2014-06-12.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:29
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