The House

by H. P. Lovecraft

  'Tis a grove-circled dwelling
    Set close to a hill,
  Where the branches are telling
    Strange legends of ill;
  Over timbers so old
    That they breathe of the dead,
  Crawl the vines, green and cold,
    By strange nourishment fed;
And no man knows the juices they suck from the depths of their dank slimy bed.

  In the gardens are growing
    Tall blossoms and fair,
  Each pallid bloom throwing
    Perfume on the air;
  But the afternoon sun
    with its shining red rays
  Makes the picture loom dun
    On the curious gaze,
And above the sween scent of the the blossoms rise odours of numberless days.

  The rank grasses are waving
    On terrace and lawn,
  Dim memories savouring
    Of things that have gone;
  The stones of the walks
    Are encrusted and wet,
  And a strange spirit stalks
    When the red sun has set.
And the soul of the watcher is fill'd with faint pictures he fain would forget.

  It was in the hot Junetime
    I stood by that scene,
  When the gold rays of noontime
    Beat bright on the green.
  But I shiver'd with cold,
    Groping feebly for light,
  As a picture unroll'd -
    And my age-spanning sight
Saw the time I had been there before flash like fulgury out of the night.

This poem is about the house at 135 Benefit Street in Providence that also inspired the short story "The Shunned House".