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THE SILVER WAIN, by            
First Line: When russet wagons left the lammas field
Last Line: An angel walking by a silver wain.
Subject(s): Fields; Knights & Knighthood; Plowing & Plowmen; Silver; Wagons; Pastures; Meadows; Leas

When russet wagons left the Lammas field,
The land's fierce lord through wood and pasture rode
Along the trembling pool where sunset glowed
Red as the rivets of his heavy shield;
Across the blackbird's song a clear bell pealed,
And tawny bulls, obedient to the goad,
Paused while a peasant prayed beside his load
Sweet with the grass that clovered meadows yield.
On rushed the knight, but dropped his lifted spear
To see among the swathes of fallen hay
White oxen coupled with a golden chain,
And, still as starlight on the purple weir,
Where his old ploughman knelt so late to pray
An angel walking by a silver wain.

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