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First Line: On lonely kinton green all day
Last Line: Down to the bull for pipe and glass.
Alternate Author Name(s): Blunden, Edmund
Subject(s): England; Landscape; English

ON lonely Kinton Green all day
The half-blind tottering plough-horse grieves,
Dim chimes and crowings far away
Come drifting down the wind like leaves;
And there the wood's a coloured mist,
So close the blackthorns intertwist, --

The blackthorns hung with clinging sloes
Blue-veiled to weather coming cold,
And ruby-tasselled shepherd's-rose
Where flock the finches plumed with gold,
And swarming brambles laden still
Though boys and wasps have ate their fill.

Here shining out on lubber boughs
The lantern crabs pierce gold with light
The smoke that mouldering leaves unhouse,
Like stars in frost as spear-point-bright:
And here the blackbird deign to choose
His blood-red haws by ones and twos.

Cob-spider runs his glistening maze
To murder doddering hungry flies,
Curt echo mocks the mocking jays,
The partridge in the stubble cries;
And Hob and Nob unpausing pass
Down to the Bull for pipe and glass.

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