Poetry Sunday: The Rainy Day

We've had very few days in Southeast Texas recently, or indeed in the last several weeks, when rain hasn't fallen, and that can begin to wear one down after a while. At such times it is good to remind ourselves, as Longfellow assured us, "Behind the clouds is the sun still shining." 

The Rainy Day 
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The day is cold, and dark, and dreary
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering Past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.


  1. Wow, I like it! I like the rhyme and the cadence of the poem.

  2. Good old Longfellow! Just what we need for these rainy days.
    We had another 2 and 7/10 inches of rain last night.

    1. I've actually lost count of our rain. It's been the rainiest April and May in my memory - and maybe on record. But the plants are happy.

  3. We've been catching the leftovers of what you've been dealing with, and they are filling indeed (rain gauges, ponds, lakes, rivers...)! Longfellow is a good one for keeping your chin up. I hope the summer will be kind to you.

    1. Forecasters are predicting a continuation of wet conditions throughout the summer because of El Nino. Well, it's better than the drought conditions we suffered a few years ago, so I won't complain.


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