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THE SCARECROW, by            
First Line: Under her tilted hat of tuscan rushes
Last Line: And evening finds the bushes all stript bare.
Subject(s): Birds; Courts & Courtiers; Food & Eating; Scarecrows


UNDER her tilted hat of Tuscan rushes
The brown birds at her coming swept to raid
The rip fruit in her open palm displayed,
That she had gathered from the berry bushes.
Never more loyal court, more queenly blushes,
A queen more kind or starvelings less afraid.
Vainly the grudging gardener erst forbade
This foolish feeding of her wastrel thrushes.

The child is dead. The churlish gardener lays
Her old straw hat upon the loaded sprays,
Thinking these greedy plunderers thus to scare.
Vain ruse! Reminded of her gentle heed,
A thousand fledgelings to their Sister speed,
And evening finds the bushes all stript bare.





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