Classic and Contemporary Poetry
A BACK-LYING FARM, by JAMES LOGIE ROBERTSON
First Line: A back-lying farm but lately taken in
Last Line: She twined the long wan grasses in her hat.
Alternate Author Name(s): Haliburton, Hugh
Subject(s): Country Life
A back-lying farm but lately taken in;
Forlorn hill-slopes and grey, without a tree;
And at their base a waste of stony lea
Through which there creeps, too small to make a din,
Even where it slides over a rocky linn,
A stream, unvisited of bird or bee,
Its flowerless banks a bare sad sight to see.
All round, with ceaseless plaint, though spent and thin,
Like a lost child far-wandered from its home,
A querulous wind all day doth coldly roam.
Yet here, with sweet calm face, tending a cow,
Upon a rock a girl bareheaded sat,
Singing unheard, while with unlifted brow
She twined the long wan grasses in her hat.
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