|line||In-doors, warm by the wide-mouthed fireplace, idly the farmer|
|200||Sat in his elbow-chair and watched how the flames and the smoke-wreaths|
Struggled together like foes in a burning city. Behind him,
Nodding and mocking along the wall, with gestures fantastic,
Darted his own huge shadow, and vanished away into darkness.
Faces, clumsily carved in oak, on the back of his arm-chair
|205||Laughed in the flickering light; and the pewter plates on the dresser|
Caught and reflected the flame, as shields of armies the sunshine.
Fragments of song the old man sang, and carols of Christmas,
Such as at home, in the olden time, his fathers before him
Sang in their Norman orchards and bright Burgundian vineyards.
|210||Close at her father's side was the gentle Evangeline seated,|
Spinning flax for the loom, that stood in the corner behind her.
Silent awhile were its treadles, at rest was its diligent shuttle,
While the monotonous drone of the wheel, like the drone of a bagpipe,
Followed the old man's song and united the fragments together.
|215||As in a church, when the chant of the choir at intervals ceases,|
Footfalls are heard in the aisles, or words of the priest at the altar,
So, in each pause of the song, with measured motion the clock clicked.