Rural Morning (I)

During July we read Clare's wonderful "Summer Evening", and met Dick and Doll and a few other residents of Helpstone, including dear old Dob(bin) the cart-horse. Well in early September, we'll look at the same community in the early morning of a late summer's day.

Soon as the twilight through the distant mist
In silver hemmings skirts the purple east,
Ere yet the sun unveils his smiles to view
And dries the morning's chilly robes of dew,
Young Hodge the horse-boy, with a soodly gait,
Slow climbs the stile, or opes the creaky gate,
With willow switch and halter by his side
Prepared for Dobbin, whom he means to ride;
The only tune he knows still whistling oer,
And humming scraps his father sung before,
As "Wantley Dragon," and the "Magic Rose,"
The whole of music that his village knows,
Which wild remembrance, in each little town,
From mouth to mouth through ages handles down.
Onward he jolls, nor can the minstrel-throngs
Entice him once to listen to their songs;
Nor marks he once a blossom on his way;
A senseless lump of animated clay—

1 comment:

Anonymous said... for the Wantley Dragon (I can't find a URL to "Magic Rose"...