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First Line: In summer-time when haymaking's there
Last Line: And a dryad will peep when she thinks I'm asleep.
Alternate Author Name(s): Blunden, Edmund
Subject(s): England; Landscape; English

IN summer-time when haymaking's there
And master fish leap out of the pools,
I'll take an oak for my easy chair,
Be club and president, ruler and rules.

The dew of the dawn there haunts all day,
The silver ripple and willow-wren chime;
The bee will pass on his gipsying way
And everything dote on summer-time.

If sweet it is to be safe ashore
When the merchantman plunges into the trough,
I think that ambush is sweetness galore
Whence I may study, some furlongs off,

Old ale-faced industry mopping his brow,
Hot shouldering and shaping heap on heap,
While I sit under the church-cool bough
And a Dryad will peep when she thinks I'm asleep.

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