Moody crows

The timid hare seems half its fears to lose
Crouching & sleeping neath its grassy lair
& scarcely startles tho the shepherd goes
Close by its home & dogs are barking there
The wild colt only turns around to stare
At passer by then knaps his hide again
& moody crows beside the road forbear
To fly tho pelted by the passing swain

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Ripened hues

A beauty on the scene attends
Ere autumn comes & summer ends
When summers glory first we see 
As stained with its mortality
Each morn wakes wan its sunlight wanes
On yellowing leaves & fading plains
Green fields no more the summer views
All sickened into ripened hues

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Wild swan hurries

The crowds of starnels whizz and hurry by
& darken like a cloud the evening sky
The larks like thunder rise & suther round
Then drop & nestle in the stubble ground
The wild swan hurries high & noises loud
With white necks peering to the evening cloud

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Twisted roots

The woods again how sweet
To find the peace which freedom finds
& from the world retreat
To stretch beneath a spreading tree
That far its shadow shoots
While by its side the water free
Curls through its twisted roots

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Winding through

Ive oft been glad at heart to see 
A footpath winding through the grass
Oer narrow stiles neath spreading tree 
Not wide enough for two to pass 
But now no ownership I fear 
Nor path to keep nor stile to climb 
I feel myself a monarch here 
My very fancies grow sublime

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Fields & fen

O for the pasture fields & fen
When shall I see such rest agen
I love the weeds along the fen
More sweet then garden flowers
Freedom haunts the humble glen
That blest my happiest hours
Here prisons injure health & me
I love sweet freedom & the free

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Spreading shady oak

Neath a spreading shady oak 
For awhile to muse I lay 
From its grains a bough I broke 
To fan the teasing flies away 
Then I sought the woodland side 
Cool the breeze my face did meet 
& the sun the shade did hide 
Tho twas hot it seemed sweet

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Faded bleak & wild

When the summers swarms half namless fled
& autumns landscape faded bleak & wild
When leaves gun fall & show their berries red
Still with the season woud I be beguild
Lone spots to seek home leaving far behind
Were wildness rears her lings & teazle burs
& were last lingering of the flowery kind
Blue heath bells tremble neath the sheltering furze

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By the river side

A ramble by the river side

No walk so sweet can be
To see the creeping waters glide
And hear the humble bee

There's nothing else so fine to see
As a fast flowing river
Hemm'd by green banks continually
And winding on for ever

There nature lives devoid of strife
There boats sail on the tide
There's nought so sweet to me in life
As a walk by the rivers side

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Cutting Winter’s come

Tis not great what I solicit
Was it more thou woulds't not miss it
Now the cutting Winter's come
‘Tis but just to find a home
In some shelter dry & warm
That will s[h]ield me from the storm—
Toiling in the naked fields
Where no bush a shelter yields
Needy labour dithering stands
Beats & blows his numbing hands

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Beneath a dotterel tree

Oft wi shepherds he woud sit to sigh
On past delights of many a bygone day
& how the runnel wound its weedy way
& how the willows on its margin grew
Talk oer wi them the rural feats of May
Who got the blossoms neath the morning dew
As how he coud remember well when he
Laden wi blooming treasures from the plain
Has mixt wi them beneath a dotterel tree
Drove from his cowslips by a hasty rain

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For melancholy has its joy

A wild confusion hangs upon the ear,
And something half romantic meets the view;
Arches half fill'd with wither'd leaves appear,
Where white foam stills the billow boiling through.

Those yellow leaves that litter on the grass,
'Mong dry brown stalks that lately blossom'd there,
Instil a mournful pleasure as they pass:
For melancholy has its joy to spare—

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Yellow woods

I[t]s music aye & more indeed
To those of musing mind
Who through the yellow woods proceed
& listen to the wind
The poet in his fitful glee
& fancys many moods
Meets it as some strange melody
& poem of the woods

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Flow on my verse

Flow on my verse though barren thou mayest be
Of thought—Yet sing & let thy fancys roll
In Early days thou sweept a mighty sea
All calm in troublous deeps & spurned controul
Thou fire & iceberg to an aching soul
& still an angel in my gloomy way
Far better opiate then the draining bowl
Still sing my muse to drive cares fiends away
Nor heed what loitering listener hears the lay

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Thunders rattling peal

The heavens are wroth the thunders rattling peal 
Rolls like a vast volcano in the sky 

Yet nothing starts the apathy I feel 

Nor chills with fear eternal destiny 


My soul is apathy a ruin vast 

Time cannot clear the ruined mass away 

My life is hell the hopeless die is cast 

& manhoods prime is premature decay 

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Winding ways

Theres somthing rich & joyful to the mind

To view through close & field those crooked shreds
Of footpaths that most picturesqly wind
From town to town or some tree hidden sheds
Where lonely cottager lifes peace enjoys
Far far from strife & all its troubled noise
The pent up artizan by pleasure led
Along their winding ways right glad employs

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Rustle through the sedge

Wandering by the river's edge

I love to rustle through the sedge
& through the woods of reed to tear
Almost as high as bushes are
Eddies run before the boats
Gurgling where the fisher floats
Who takes advantage of the gale
& hoists his handkerchief for sail
On osier twigs that form a mast
While idly lies nor wanted more
The spirit that pushed him on before

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The autumn tans

Crimson & yellow blochd with Iron Brown
The Autumn tans & varigates the leaves
The nuts are ripe in woods about the Town
Russet the cleared fields where the bindweed weaves
Round stubbles & still flowers the trefoil seeds
& troubles all the land from rig to furrow
Ther's nothing left but rubbish & foul weeds
I love to see the rabbits snug made burrow
Under the old edge bank or hugh mossed oak
Claspt fast with Ivy there the rabbit breeds
Where the Kite pelews & the Ravens croak

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The faded leaves

I love the fitful gust that shakes 

The casement all the day

& from the glossy elm tree takes 

The faded leaves away

Twirling them by the window pane 

With thousand others down the lane

I love to see the shaking twig 

Dance till the shut of eve

The sparrow on the cottage rig

Whose chirp would make believe 

That Spring was just now flirting by

In Summers lap with flowers to lie

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Humble thatched cot

Near a grove of tall trees stretching far oer the pool
Whose broad shadows darken the stream as it flows
Where in summer the breeze from the waters so cool
Refreshes the flocks with a welcome repose
There nursd in a humble thatchd cot that stands nigh
A sweet lovely blossom blooms lowly unseen
& calld by the shepherds that wander hard bye
The lovley Jeannette the pride of the green

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Delightful hut

The Shepherds hut propt by the double ash 
Hugh in its bulk & old in mossy age 
Shadowing the dammed-up brook—where plash & plash 
The little mills did younkers ears engage 
Delightful hut rude as romances old 
Where hugh old stones made each an easy chair 
& brakes & ferns for luxurys manifold 
& flint & steel the all want needed there

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Every welcome stile

The hopes & joys of youth loves thrilling ways
When beauty[s] maiden flower was in its pride
Fond reccolections of sweet sabbath days
When wispering sweet hearts saunterd by their side
& told them witching tales & sought them flowers
& offerd help at every welcome stile
Tho oft left helpless in their withering hours
Thy picturd past still prompts the ready smile
Thou sun of fairest beauty never set

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Corn poppy red

How sweet we might find it & doubtless as sweet
To that boy would it be thats now tracking the wheat
For the corn poppy red as a fox hunters coat
& cockle flowers pale of a less showy sort
& blue caps as rich in their sweet summer dye
As the blue eyes of love or the deep bearing sky
No doubt if he knew what our wishes was at
While hes wreathg that garland to stick in his hat

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Dobbin a horse well known for miles around 
In every village & in every pound 
Altho so tame at toil that boys might guide 
& childern walk uninjured by his side 
When loose from geers he roved as freedoms mate 
Hed find all gaps & open every gate
& if aught sweet beyond his pasture grew 
No fence so thick but he would blunder thro'

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A rainbow paints

A rainbow paints yon deep blue cloud
Arching its colors newly proud
In glossy hues of watery green
& red & orange hues between
While oer it in a faded hue
Its fainting shadow dims the blue
That in a moments breath decays
& shrinks to nothing ere we gaze

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Heaven paints

Dull for a time the slumbering weather flings

Its murky prison round then winds wake loud
Wi sudden start the once still forest sings
Winters returning song cloud races cloud
And the orison throws away its shrowd
And sweeps its stretching circle from the eye
Storm upon storm in quick succession crowd
And oer the samness of the purple skye
Heaven paints its wild irregularity

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Loving thee

To words vain words no power is given 
The torments of my soul to tell 
I slept & had a dream of heavn 
I woke & felt the pangs of hell 
Yet I woud not forget thee – No! 
Tho thou had witherd hope in me 
Nor for a world of joys forego 
The one sweet joy of loving thee

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Childhoods happy hour

In youths past bliss in Childhoods happy hour

Ye Woods Ive wanderd searching out a nest
Ye Meadows gay that reard me many a flower
Culling my cow slips Ive been doubly blest
Huming gay fancies As I bound the prize
O Fate unkind beloved scenes adieu
Your vanishd pleasures crowd my swimming eyes
& makes this wounded heart to bleed anew

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Clouds rack & drive before the wind 

In shapes & forms of every kind 
Like waves that rise without the roar 
& rocks that guard an untrodden shore 
Now castles pass majestic by 
& ships in peaceful havens lie 
These gone ten thousand shapes ensue 
For ever beautiful and new 

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