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“A Moment” was published in A Book of Women’s Verse, edited by J. C. Squire (Clarendon Press, 1921). 

A Moment

The clouds had made a crimson crown 
  About the mountains high. 
The stormy sun was going down 
  In a stormy sky. 
 
Why did you let your eyes so rest on me, 
  And hold your breath between? 
In all the ages this can never be 
  As if it had not been. 
 

This poem is in the Public Domain.

This poem is in the Public Domain.

Mary Elizabeth Coleridge

Mary Elizabeth Coleridge was born in 1861 in London. Her collections of poetry include Fancy’s Following (Daniel, 1896) and The King with Two Faces (Edward Arnold, 1897). 

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None ever was in love with me but grief.
   She wooed my from the day that I was born;
She stole my playthings first, the jealous thief,
   And left me there forlorn.

The birds that in my garden would have sung,
   She scared away with her unending moan;
She slew my lovers too

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I have walked a great while over the snow,
And I am not tall nor strong.
My clothes are wet, and my teeth are set,
And the way was hard and long.
I have wandered over the fruitful earth,
But I never came here before.
Oh, lift me over the threshold, and let me in at the door!

The cutting wind is a cruel foe.
I