Alfred Noyes

Here you will find the Poem Alzuna of poet Alfred Noyes


The forest of Alzuna hides a pool. 
Beside that pool, a shadowy tree up-towers. 
High on that tree, a bough most beautiful 
Bends with the fragrant burden of its flowers. 
Among those flowers a nest is buried deep. 
Warm in that nest, there lies a freckled shell. 
Packed in that shell, a bird is fast asleep. 
This is the incantation and the spell. 

For, when the north wind blows, the bird will cry, 
?Warm in my freckled shell, I lie asleep. 
The freckled shell is in the nest on high. 
The nest among the flowers is buried deep. 
The flowers are on a bough most beautiful. 
The bough is on a tree no axe can fell. 
The sky is at its feet in yonder pool. 
This is the incantation and the spell!?