Old Yew, which graspest at the stones
      That name the under-lying dead,
      Thy fibres net the dreamless head,
Thy roots are wrapt about the bones.

The seasons bring the flower again,
      And bring the firstling to the flock;
      And in the dusk of thee, the clock
Beats out the little lives of men.

O, not for thee the glow, the bloom,
      Who changest not in any gale,
      Nor branding summer suns avail
To touch thy thousand years of gloom:

And gazing on thee, sullen tree,
      Sick for thy stubborn hardihood,
      I seem to fail from out my blood
And grow incorporate into thee.

Last modified 11 February 2010