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Still stands the schoolhouse by the road
Posted by: PBlume (192.200.128.---)
Date: October 07, 2004 01:00PM

The quote
Still stands the schoolhouse by the road

I am looking for the name of the poem.


Re: Still stands the schoolhouse by the road
Posted by: marian2 (---.range81-152.btcentralplus.com)
Date: October 08, 2004 04:50AM

I thought it was Hardy, but it doesn't seem to be though it is his sort of thing. The poem I am thinking of starts at a schoolhouse and reminisces about at least 3 scholars there, one was a girl and the author was in love with her, but she died very young - something like 20 years in the grave. Another, the author, had moved away when quite young and, after a long time returned to the village for a visit. In the interim I think the other man, who either married her or perhaps he was just a school friend of both, had also died . The author ends it by visiting the graves of the other two. It's rather sad, but gently so. I know I have it, but , frustratingly can't find it, but if it is what you seek someone else will probably recognise it from the description and put us both out of our misery- I'm pretty sure it's been posted here before. Must get my stuff better indexed, but I don't know how!


Re: Still stands the schoolhouse by the road
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-01rh15-16rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: October 08, 2004 01:16PM

I thought of Foss, but probably not that one either.

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Re: Still stands the schoolhouse by the road
Posted by: WY Smokey (---.tctwest.net)
Date: October 08, 2004 07:31PM

It is "In School days" by John Greenleaf Whittier. The first verse is:

Still sits the school house by the road,
A ragged beggar sunning;
Around it still the sumachs grow,
And blackberry-vines are running.


Re: Still stands the schoolhouse by the road
Posted by: StephenFryer (---.l5.c1.dsl.pol.co.uk)
Date: October 09, 2004 04:01AM

Here's all of it -

In School Days

John Greenleaf Whittier


Still sits the schoolhouse by the road,

A ragged beggar, sleeping;

Around it still the sumachs grow,

And blackberry vines are creeping.



Within, the master's desk is seen,

Deep-scarred by raps official;

The warping floor, the battered seats,

The jack-knife's carved initial;



The charcoal frescoes on its wall;

Its door's worn sill, betraying

The feet that, creeping slow to school,

Went storming out to playing!



Long years ago a winter sun

Shone over it at setting;

Lit up its western window-panes,

And low eaves' icy fretting.



It touched the tangled golden curls

And brown eyes full of grieving,

Of one who still her steps delayed

When all the school was leaving.



For near it stood the little boy

Her childish favor singled,

His cap pulled low upon a face

Where pride and shame were mingled.



Pushing with restless feet the snow

To right and left, he lingered; --

As restlessly her tiny hands

The blue-checked apron fingered.



He saw her lift her eyes, he felt

The soft hand's light caressing,

And heard the tremble of her voice,

As if a fault, confessing.



"I'm sorry that I spelt the word.

I hate to go above you.

Because,"-- the brown eyes lower fell, --

"Because, you see, I love you!"



Still memory to a gray-haired man

That sweet child-face is showing.

Dear girl! The grasses on her grave

Have forty years been growing!



He lives to learn, in life's hard school,

How few who pass above him

Lament their triumph and his loss,

Like her, because they love him.

Stephen


Re: Still stands the schoolhouse by the road
Posted by: marian2 (---.range81-152.btcentralplus.com)
Date: October 09, 2004 05:12AM

Well, isn't e-mule wonderful, not only do WY Smokie & Stephen produce the one I think I was thinking of , but Hugh produces another I've lost track of and am very fond of ('scuse the grammar, I didn't get much sleep) - I just hope one of them was the one PBlume wanted. One mystery remains - was the third scholar a figment of my imagination or have I morphed two similar poems?


Re: Still stands the schoolhouse by the road
Posted by: Philip Teague age 87 (---.161.172.40.Dial1.Dallas1.Level3.net)
Date: February 12, 2005 06:37PM

The poem goes
Still sits the schoolhouse by the road;
A ragged begger sunning.
Around the door the sumacs grow
And blackberry vines are running.

I don't know the name of this poem, either. I can remember only fragments of the rest. HELP!


Re: Still stands the schoolhouse by the road
Posted by: Philip Teague age 87 (---.161.172.40.Dial1.Dallas1.Level3.net)
Date: February 12, 2005 06:50PM

The poem goes
Still sits the schoolhouse by the road;
A ragged begger sunning.
Around the door the sumacs grow
And blackberry vines are running.

I don't know the name of this poem, either. I can remember only fragments of the rest. HELP!


Re: Still stands the schoolhouse by the road
Posted by: marian2 (---.range81-152.btcentralplus.com)
Date: February 14, 2005 05:36AM

Philip - click on flat screen at the bottom and go up to the post above yours - the whole poem is there.




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