Acquainted with the Night – Robert Frost

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read by Robert Frost. audio from salon.com

I have been one acquainted with the night.
I have walked out in rain — and back in rain.
I have outwalked the furthest city light.

I have looked down the saddest city lane.
I have passed by the watchman on his beat
And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.

I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet
When far away an interrupted cry
Came over houses from another street,

But not to call me back or say good-bye;
And further still at an unearthly height,
One luminary clock against the sky

Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.
I have been one acquainted with the night.

(1923)

One thought on “Acquainted with the Night – Robert Frost

  1. john smith

    Who has not felt the melancholy Frost evokes here on a late night walk of thieir own? It is a wonderful experience. Who thinks Frost possibly was clearing his head after an argument with someone?

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