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Walter de la Mare


Slowly, silently, now the moon
Walks the night in her silver shoon;
This way, and that, she peers, and sees
Silver fruit upon silver trees;
One by one the casements catch
Her beams beneath the silvery thatch;
Couched in his kennel, like a log,
With paws of silver sleeps the dog;
From their shadowy cote the white breasts peep
Of doves in a silver-feathered sleep;
A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
With silver claws, and silver eye;
And moveless fish in the water gleam,
By silver reeds in a silver stream.

This poem is in the public domain.


Walter de la Mare (1873 - 1956) was a British author of diverse talent who wrote everything from horror stories to children's books. Known to family and friends as "Jack," his work tended to focus around the themes of childhood, imagination, and the supernatural. Happily married to a woman ten years his senior, with whom he had four children, Walter spent nearly twenty years working as a bookkeeper before a government pension finally allowed him to fully devote his time to writing. For more information, visit The Walter de la Mare Society website.



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A harvest mouse goes scampering by, With silver claws, and silver eye; These words have stayed with me for over fifty years. The poem brings me back to my youth when our back garden turned into this magical place under a full moon.
Posted 09/19/2023 06:28 AM
Arlene Gay Levine:
Magical as the moon, Mr. de la Mare's words shine like silver as well. Imagine the moon walking the night in silver shoes! Marvelous pick, Jayne.
Posted 11/08/2022 11:30 AM
Glen Sorestad:
I remember first reading Silver when it was about ten in a one-roomed country school. I have loved this poem ever since. The sound is sheer music.
Posted 11/08/2022 10:43 AM
Appreciate de la Mare's rhyming skill. A clinic for sure!
Posted 11/08/2022 09:22 AM
Beautiful! Thank you, Jayne.
Posted 11/08/2022 08:33 AM
Larry Schug:
A cool poem. I especially like the detail of the scampering mouse "with silver claws, and silver eye".
Posted 11/08/2022 07:19 AM

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