Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, COWSLIPS AND LARKS, by WILLIAM HENRY DAVIES

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First Line: I hear it said yon land is poor
Last Line: Are many a sunny mile from here.
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Environment; Fields; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Pastures; Meadows; Leas

I HEAR it said yon land is poor,
In spite of those rich cowslips there --
And all the singing larks it shoots
To heaven from the cowslips' roots.
But I, with eyes that beauty find,
And music ever in my mind,
Feed my thoughts well upon that grass
Which starves the horse, the ox, and ass.
So here I stand, two miles to come
To Shapwick and my ten-days-home,
Taking my summer's joy, although
The distant clouds are dark and low,
And comes a storm that, fierce and strong,
Has brought the Mendip Hills along:
Those hills that, when the light is there,
Are many a sunny mile from here.

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