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First Line: The green east hagged with prowling storm
Last Line: And where his useless gold and silver lie.
Alternate Author Name(s): Blunden, Edmund
Subject(s): England; Landscape; Moon; English

THE green East hagged with prowling storm,
The troubled rising radiance there,
The wheatland ripe and warm,
And rainy voices wandering the dull air.

The church tower standing in the stars
Drones to pale stones the hour fulfilled;
In shadowed triumph jars
The fern-owl in his clustered copse; where spilled

From splintered hatch to swirling bay,
Then fluttering past scrawled shingle and shells,
The wild brook trolls away
To mirror moonlight in the heathery dells.

By ivied palings whispering frets
The palsied dust, the drouthy green,
And on the parapets
Of the fen-bridge the startled ploughboys lean

To hear the moon-mad gipsy rave
In meadows by the stricken mill,
Where with the browsing thaive
She lays her down in the dewed grass; and shrill

Laughs out as she and the sick moon stare
Through flour-choked windows and can spy
The grudging ghost's despair,
And where his useless gold and silver lie.

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