The Culprit Fay and Other Poems

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Author: Joseph Rodman Drake

XXXIV.

’Lady,’ he cried, ’I have sworn to-night,
On the word of a fairy knight,
To do my sentence-task aright;
My honour scarce is free from stain,
I may not soil its snows again;
Betide me weal, betide me wo,
Its mandate must be answered now.’
Her bosom heaved with many a sigh,
The tear was in her drooping eye;
But she led him to the palace gate,
And called the sylphs who hovered there,
And bade them fly and bring him straight
Of clouds condensed a sable car.
With charm and spell she blessed it there,
From all the fiends of upper air;
Then round him cast the shadowy shroud,
And tied his steed behind the cloud;
And pressed his hand as she bade him fly
Far to the verge of the northern sky,
For by its wane and wavering light
There was a star would fall to-night.

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Chicago: Joseph Rodman Drake, "XXXIV.," The Culprit Fay and Other Poems in The Culprit Fay and Other Poems (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed April 24, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D2R53FGN3LNB5DD.

MLA: Drake, Joseph Rodman. "XXXIV." The Culprit Fay and Other Poems, in The Culprit Fay and Other Poems, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 24 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D2R53FGN3LNB5DD.

Harvard: Drake, JR, 'XXXIV.' in The Culprit Fay and Other Poems. cited in 1850, The Culprit Fay and Other Poems, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 24 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D2R53FGN3LNB5DD.