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APPLE-GATHERING, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: Essex flats are pink with clover
Last Line: On the red-lit christmas-tree.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lake, Claude
Subject(s): Apples; Fruit

ESSEX flats are pink with clover,
Kent is crowned with flaunting hops,
Whitely shine the cliffs of Dover,
Yellow wave the Midland crops;

Sussex Downs the flocks grow sleek on,
But, for me, I love to stand
Where the Herefordshire beacon
Watches o'er his orchard land.

Where now sun, now shadow dapples --
As it wavers in the breeze --
Clumps of fresh-complexioned apples
On the heavy-laden trees:

Red and yellow, streaked and hoary,
Russet-coated, pale or brown --
Some are dipped in sunset glory,
And some painted by the dawn.

What profusion, what abundance!
Not a twig but has its fruits;
High in air some in the sun dance,
Some lie scattered near the roots.

These the hasty winds have taken
Are a green, untimely crop;
Those by burly rustics shaken
Fall with loud resounding plop.

In this mellow autumn weather,
Ruddy 'mid the long green grass,
Heaped-up baskets stand together,
Filled by many a blowsy lass.

Red and yellow, streaked and hoary,
Pile them on the granary floors,
Till the yule-log's flame in glory
Loudly up the chimney roars;

Till gay troops of children, lightly
Tripping in with shouts of glee,
See ripe apples dangling brightly
On the red-lit Christmas-tree.

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