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THE PLOUGH; A LANDSCAPE IN BERKSHIRE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Above yon sombre swell of land
Last Line: Plough deep and straight with all your powers!
Variant Title(s): In Berkshire
Subject(s): Berkshire, England; Nature; Plowing & Plowmen


ABOVE yon sombre swell of land
Thou seest the dawn's grave orange hue,
With one pale streak like yellow sand,
And over that a vein of blue.
The air is cold above the woods;
All silent is the earth and sky,
Except with his own lonely moods
The blackbird holds a colloquy.
Over the broad hill creeps a beam,
Like hope that gilds a good man's brow;
And now ascends the nostril-steam
Of stalwart horses come to plough.
Ye rigid Ploughmen! bear in mind
Your labor is for future hours.
Advance! spare not! nor look behind!
Plough deep and straight with all your powers!




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