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Robert Frost: Storm Fear

When the wind works against us in the dark, 
And pelts with snow 
The lower chamber window on the east, 
And whispers with a sort of stifled bark, 
The beast, ‘Come out! Come out!’— 
It costs no inward struggle not to go, 
Ah, no! 
I count our strength, 
Two and a child, 
Those of us not asleep subdued to mark 
How the cold creeps as the fire dies at length,— 
How drifts are piled, 
Dooryard and road ungraded, 
Till even the comforting barn grows far away 
And my heart owns a doubt 
Whether ‘tis in us to arise with day 
And save ourselves unaided. 

Public Domain.

2 comments on “Robert Frost: Storm Fear

  1. Michael Keller
    February 18, 2021

    You have a typo on the second line that also appears on the poem at The Academy of American Poets (as this writing) and on a broadside at The Frost Place.

    The line as it appears in the 1915 publication in _A Boy’s Will_ is

    “And pelts with snow”

    Here is a link to the 1915 text at The Internet Archive as a confirmation.
    https://archive.org/details/boyswill01fros/page/19/mode/1up?q=%22When+the+wind+works+against+us+in+the+dark%22

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