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LAURENCE BLOOMFIELD IN IRELAND: 7. MIDSUMMER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Whilst early sink away the starry twins
Last Line: Of glowing june.
Alternate Author Name(s): Pollex, D.; Walker, Patricius
Subject(s): Flowers; Seasons; Summer; Sun


Whilst early sink away the starry Twins,
Pursuing sunset, eastern heaven begins
To lift Arcturus, with that Coronet
Upon the brow of Summer glittering set;
And rich the country now, with shady roads
And hollow lanes embank'd with fern; white loads
Of hawthorn-flow'r; which faded in its room
The wilding rose, and honeysuckle-bloom;
And sunny paths for milkmaids, winding through
The grass thick-set with yellow flow'rs and blue,
Millions of little blue and yellow flow'rs.
Rich are the warm, long, lustrous, golden hours,
That nourish the green javelins of the wheat,
The delicate flax, the tufted clover sweet,
And barley's drooping beard, and speckled oats.
The yorlin's trembling sigh of pleasure floats
On sultry breeze; the landrail's hoarse crake-crake
Still keeps the meadows and cornfields awake
When two clear twilights mingle in the sky
Of glowing June.





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