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TOWARDS DEMOCRACY: PART 4. THE PLOUGHBOY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The blackbirds sing so sweetly in the morning
Last Line: Lord! It does make you sweat!
Subject(s): Animals; Farm Life; Horses; Labor & Laborers; Singing & Singers; Stables; Agriculture; Farmers; Work; Workers; Songs


THE blackbirds sing so sweetly in the morning;
They are building a nest yonder in the hedgerow, where I pass at sunrise:
and I think their song is sweeter then than else at any time of day.
I take care not to disturb them: they work as hard as anybody for their
living.
And I think they know me now, they are that bold. But they do not follow in
the furrow, like the wagtails and robins; they seem to hang to the grass-lands.

It is pleasant then, in the morning: the air is so sweet.
And the smell of the earth—and I like the warm smell of the horses.
Jeannie goes in the furrow, and Rob on the fallow: they go very steady;
And when the ground is soft-like, it's good enough going, but when it's
stiff it stretches your arms a bit:
Lord! it does make you sweat!





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