The Penny Whistle
THE PENNY WHISTLE by EDWARD THOMAS
The new moon hangs like an ivory bugle In the naked frosty blue; And the ghylls of the forest, already blackened By Winter, are blackened anew.
The brooks that cut up and increase the forest, As if they had never known The sun, are roaring with black hollow voices Betwixt rage and a moan.
But still the caravan-hut by the hollies Like a kingfisher gleams between: Round the mossed old hearths of the charcoal-burners First primroses ask to be seen.
The charcoal-burners are black, but their linen Blows white on the line; And white the letter the girl is reading Under that crescent fine;
And her brother who hides apart in a thicket, Slowly and surely playing On a whistle an old nursery melody, Says far more than I am saying.
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|Author||Thomas, Edward (1878-1917)|
|Title||The Penny Whistle|
|Copyright||Copyright Edward Thomas, 1979, reproduced under licence from Faber and Faber Ltd.|
|First line||The new moon hangs like an ivory bugle|
|Publication source||Edward Thomas Collected Poems|
|Publication editor||Thomas, George|
|Publishers||Faber and Faber|
|Digital repository||The First World War Poetry Digital Archive|