His last words were still ringing in my ears as I entered my room, and undrew
the window-curtains, just in time to see the sun burst in glory from his ocean-prison, and clothe the world in the light of a new day.
The curtain at the bed's head was hastily drawn back, and a motherly old lady, very neatly and precisely dressed, rose as she undrew
it, from an arm-chair close by, in which she had been sitting at needle-work.
Feverish with vain labour, I got up and took a turn in the room; undrew
the curtain, noted a star or two, shivered with cold, and again crept to bed.
Rogue Riderhood was soon roused, and soon undrew
the bolt and let him in.
When I undrew
the curtains and looked out of bed, I saw him, in an equable temperature of respectability, unaffected by the east wind of January, and not even breathing frostily, standing my boots right and left in the first dancing position, and blowing specks of dust off my coat as he laid it down like a baby.
Beginning with "I sprang to the stirrup," the poem stirs up a rapid motion that makes it difficult to fix on "I" as a speaker: I sprang to the stirrup, and Joris, and he; I galloped, Dirck galloped, we galloped all three; 'Good speed!' cried the watch, as the gate-bolts undrew
; 'Speed' echoed the wall to us galloping through; Behind shut the postern, the lights sank to rest, And into the midnight we galloped abreast.