When I hoped, I recollect

When I hoped, I recollect
Just the place I stood
At a Window facing West
Roughest Air was good

Not a Sleet could bite me
Not a frost could cool
Hope it was that kept me warm
Not Merino shawl

When I feared I recollect
Just the Day it was
Worlds were lying out to Sun
Yet how Nature froze

Icicles upon my soul
Prickled Blue and Cool
Bird went praising everywhere
Only Me was still

And the Day that I despaired
This if I forget
Nature will that it be Night
After Sun has set
Darkness intersect her face
And put out her eye
Nature hesitate before
Memory and I

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When I hoped, I recollect