Murder Monday | Poem The Murdered Traveller by William Cullen Bryant

August has finally arrived with this month’s Murder Monday post! Today I am sharing a very interesting poem titled The Murdered Traveller written by William Cullen Bryant. This poem and others by Bryant are available through one of my favorite free resources called The Project Gutenberg.

Before getting into the poem, I think it is important to take a moment and praise Project Gutenberg. It is a massive free library with of over 60,000 free eBooks and audible files. These are mostly writing from the public domain, and typically where I get all my classical literature reading from.

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by William Cullen Bryant 

When spring, to woods and wastes around,
Brought bloom and joy again,
The murdered traveller’s bones were found,
Far down a narrow glen.

The fragrant birch, above him, hung
Her tassels in the sky;
And many a vernal blossom sprung,
And nodded careless by.

The red-bird warbled, as he wrought
His hanging nest o’erhead,
And fearless, near the fatal spot,
Her young the partridge led.

But there was weeping far away,
And gentle eyes, for him,
With watching many an anxious day,
Were sorrowful and dim.

They little knew, who loved him so
The fearful death he met,
When shouting o’er the desert snow,
Unarmed, and hard beset;—

Nor how, when round the frosty pole
The northern dawn was red,
The mountain wolf and wild-cat stole
To banquet on the dead;—

Nor how, when strangers found his bones,
They dressed the hasty bier,
And marked his grave with nameless stones,
Unmoistened by a tear.

But long they looked, and feared, and wept,
Within his distant home;
And dreamed, and started as they slept,
For joy that he was come.

Long, long they looked—but never spied
His welcome step again,
Nor knew the fearful death he died
Far down that narrow glen.

Copyright Notice: The Project Gutenberg Book of Poems, by William Cullen Bryant. This eBook is for the use of anyone at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at Title: Poems Author: William Cullen Bryant Release Date: July 21, 2005 [EBook #16341] Language: English.


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