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First Line: The thatched roofs green with moss and grass stand round
Last Line: With trousers daubed in mire and face all black.
Alternate Author Name(s): Blunden, Edmund
Subject(s): England; Landscape; Soccer; Villages; English


THE thatched roofs green with moss and grass stand round,
And earthy walls seem growing from the ground,
Bold pipe the missel-bird and blue-cap gay
From white-bloomed plum, nor fear the yokels' play;
Who on the wet green whirl the ball about
With monstrous shambling kicks; and in and out
Among them plays the mongrel black and young
As pleased as any there, and lolls his tongue.
But near the postman watching "how she flies"
The older dog looks on with pitying eyes,
And thinks it only Tom-fool play, and droops
His weary head away when laughter whoops
To see tripped longshanks floundering on his back
With trousers daubed in mire and face all black.





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