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First Line: The poetry of earth is never dead
Last Line: The grasshopper's among some grassy hills.
Variant Title(s): On The Grasshopper And Cricket
Subject(s): Crickets; Environment; Fields; Grasshoppers; Insects; Nature; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Pastures; Meadows; Leas; Bugs


THE poetry of earth is never dead;
When all the birds are faint with the hot sun
And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead.
That is the grasshopper's, -- he takes the lead
In summer luxury, -- he has never done
With his delights; for, when tired out with fun,
He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed.
The poetry of earth is ceasing never.
On a lone winter evening, when the frost
Has wrought a silence, from the stove there shrills
The cricket's song, in warmth increasing ever,
And seems, to one in drowsiness half lost,
The grasshopper's among some grassy hills.




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