Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, APRIL IN VERMONT, by DANIEL LEAVENS CADY

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First Line: The ver purpureum horace loved
Last Line: Up here at jim mcnally's.
Subject(s): Cattle; Farm Life; Labor & Laborers; Peace; Vermont; Agriculture; Farmers; Work; Workers

THE ver purpureum Horace loved
Is coming up the valleys;
The violet-colored Spring he sung
With Winter's coattails dallies;
We're ready for it any day
Up here at Jim McNally's.

We're glad the sun is running high
And paying earth attention;
He's going up like other things
Too numerous to mention;
There's nothing that's too low in Burke
But widder Plunkett's pension.

The cattle hook the barnyard fence,
The sheep are all a-bleating;
The colts, they stomp their straw and hay
And call for better eating;
The singing school has gone the way
Of that protracted meeting.

The barber leaves his door ajar,
The peanut cart is steaming;
The folks are planning seashore trips
That do the schoolhouse teaming;
The teachers hope to summer through
By eating grass and scheming.

The singing sparrow 'dapts its throat
To pure Italian quavers;
The dandelion roots commence
To gather juicy flavors;
The alley kids begin to lick
The other little shavers.

The farmer men are working fast,
The farmerettes still faster;
They're looking into dirts and squirts,
The nitrate group and plaster;
By Fall they hope to be as rich
As her 'twas Mrs. Astor.

Depressing war has stopped at last
And everybody rallies;
It's great to see the violet Spring
A-creeping through the valleys;
We're ready for it any day
Up here at Jim McNally's.

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