Country Sentiment

Author: Robert Ranke Graves


As Jane walked out below the hill, She saw an old man standing still, His eyes in tranced sorrow bound On the broad stretch of barren ground.

His limbs were knarled like aged trees, His thin beard wrapt about his knees, His visage broad and parchment white, Aglint with pale reflected light.

He seemed a creature fall’n afar From some dim planet or faint star. Jane scanned him very close, and soon Cried, "’Tis the old man from the moon."

He raised his voice, a grating creak, But only to himself would speak. Groaning with tears in piteous pain, "O! O! would I were home again."

Then Jane ran off, quick as she could, To cheer his heart with drink and food. But ah, too late came ale and bread, She found the poor soul stretched stone-dead. And a new moon rode overhead.


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Chicago: Robert Ranke Graves, "Jane.," Country Sentiment, ed. Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Country Sentiment (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed November 29, 2022,

MLA: Graves, Robert Ranke. "Jane." Country Sentiment, edited by Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Country Sentiment, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 29 Nov. 2022.

Harvard: Graves, RR, 'Jane.' in Country Sentiment, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Country Sentiment, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 29 November 2022, from