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First Line: Yes, I remember adlestrop
Last Line: Of oxfordshire and gloucestershire.
Alternate Author Name(s): Eastaway, Edward; Thomas, Edward
Subject(s): Adlestrop, England; England; June; Time; English


Yes. I remember Adlestrop -
The name, because one afternoon
Of heat the express-train drew up there
Unwontedly. It was late June.

The steam hissed. Some one cleared his throat.
No one left and no one came
On the bare platform. What I saw
Was Adlestrop - only the name

And willows, willow-herb, and grass.
And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,
No whit less still and lonely fair
Than the high cloudlets in the sky.

And for that minute a blackbird sang
Close by, and round him, mistier,
Farther and farther, all the birds
Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.





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