Brown's Descent, or the Willy-nilly Slide
by Robert Frost
Robert Frost's books include A Boy's Will in 1913, North of Boston in 1914, Mountain Interval in 1916, New Hampshire in 1923 (for which Frost was awarded his first Pulitzer Prize), West-Running Brook in 1928, A Further Range in 1936 (giving Frost a third Pulitzer), A Witness Tree in 1942 (becoming the first person to receive the Prize four times), A Masque of Reason in 1945, Steeple Bush in 1947, A Masque of Mercy in 1947, and In the Clearing in 1962.
Additionally, his publishers released numerous anthologies and collections, including Selected Poems (New York: Henry Holt, 1923), Selected Poems (New York: Henry Holt, 1928), Collected Poems (New York: Henry Holt, 1930, which results in second Pulitzer in 1931), Selected Poems (New York: Henry Holt, 1934), Selected Poems (London: Jonathan Cape, 1936), Collected Poems (New York: Henry Holt, 1939), The Poems (New York: Modern Library, 1946), Complete Poems (New York: Henry Holt, 1949), Aforesaid (New York: Henry Holt, 1954), Selected Poems (London: Penguin Books, 1955), and Selected Poems (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1963).
Robert Frost's earliest work is now in the public domain, but all of his latter work remains under copyright protection and cannot be reproduced with permission.
1916 Mountain Interval
Brown lived at such a lofty farm
And many must have seen him make
Between the house and barn the gale
Walls were all buried, trees were few:
And stamped and said things to himself,
Sometimes he came with arms outspread
Faster or slower as he chanced,
He never let the lantern drop.
Brown makes at such an hour of night!
He reeled, he lurched, he bobbed, he checked;
Incredulous of his own bad luck.
"Well-I-be-" that was all he said,
Sometimes as an authority
Yankees are what they always were.
Or even thought of standing there
And then went round it on his feet,
It must have looked as if the course
No more so than became a man-
But now he snapped his eyes three times;