Selected Poems by Gustaf Fröding

Selected Poems

byGustaf Fröding

Paperback | October 12, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...and smiles a maudlin smile. Bees from the gardener's hive hum near, Caterpillars are tumbling sheer From the trees, which are all in fullest bloom Filling the air with rich perfume.--On the shady sward The poet sits to drink like a lord. Birds play tag with a merry twitter, Hundreds of grasshoppers twang the zither, Sourly Wennerbom hears the din. While he gulps away at his wretched gin,--Swills like a swine,--The sun's bright beams on the bottle shine. Poet and bottle commune in glee: "Gin gives genius," mumbles he; "Gin gives comfort when hope is fled--Here's to youth and the days long dead! Let us drink it straight! Time passes and we do; such is fate. "I was happy in faith and noble in thought Till I drowned in this hog-wash and came to nought. I was done at fifteen. What then? Ho, Ho! Come, brother bottle, all beauty must go. Here's for a drunk! Wennerbom's full, that gives him spunk!" So he falls asleep and dreams at his ease; Filtering through the compassionate trees, The light falls on Poet Wennerbom, And the chestnuts kindly rain down their bloom. On the empty flask A swarm of insects hurry or bask. Rich and pure is his happiness: His soul is tortured by no distress, He feels not remorse for shame and sin, To the dreamland of youth he has entered in; He slumbers deep,--'Tis well for the poet to fall asleep. A SPRING-TIME SWEETHEART (If I had had one) A gleam of sunlight crowned her, As though the morn were flinging Its gold on her that day; Her skirt was rippling round her Like wild-rose bushes clinging, And lilacs white that sway. She came, her cheeks all glowing With the soft breeze's blowing, And with the lime-hot bath too Of looks that neighbors gave her From peep-hole, crack and door; While she gazed back in wrath too And,...

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Title:Selected PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:24 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217990428

ISBN - 13:9780217990424

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