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THE LAST OF MAY IN VERMONT, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Plantin' time's already here
Last Line: As to lose his soul.
Subject(s): Farm Life; Fields; Harvest; Seeds; Vermont; Agriculture; Farmers; Pastures; Meadows; Leas

PLANTIN' time's already here
And will soon be gone;
Hoein' time will soon appear
As the year rolls on;
Soon, before we know it, 'most,
Hayin' days will dawn.

See the farmer on his land—
Doesn't look so glum;
See him swing his broadcast hand—
Knows the seed will "come:"
Earth is sayin' things to him
And he isn't dumb.

Fog and rain and sun and air
Are a-helpin' all;
Whether it is foul or fair,
Whether Spring or Fall,
Seems as though a hidden force
Answers back his call.

Happy farmer—happy days—
Waitin' Autumn's yield;
Doin' what his conscience says
In his little field;
Happier he than hero dead
Borne upon his shield.

Hoein' time is pretty near—
Scumble out the hoes;
Hayin' time will soon be here
As the grinstone knows;
Then will come the harvest home,
Then the Winter's snows.

Ain't it great and ain't it fine
How the seasons roll!
Earth a reg'lar melon mine
Under man's control—
Hope nobody gains so much
As to lose his soul.

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