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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
Thomas Hood. 1798–1845
  
652. Ruth
  
SHE stood breast-high amid the corn, 
Clasp'd by the golden light of morn, 
Like the sweetheart of the sun, 
Who many a glowing kiss had won. 
 
On her cheek an autumn flush,         5
Deeply ripen'd;—such a blush 
In the midst of brown was born, 
Like red poppies grown with corn. 
 
Round her eyes her tresses fell, 
Which were blackest none could tell,  10
But long lashes veil'd a light, 
That had else been all too bright. 
 
And her hat, with shady brim, 
Made her tressy forehead dim; 
Thus she stood amid the stooks,  15
Praising God with sweetest looks:— 
 
Sure, I said, Heav'n did not mean, 
Where I reap thou shouldst but glean, 
Lay thy sheaf adown and come, 
Share my harvest and my home.  20
 
 
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