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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Edward Thomas. 1878–1917
 
105. Fifty Faggots
 
THERE they stand, on their ends, the fifty faggots 
That once were underwood of hazel and ash 
In Jenny Pinks's Copse. Now, by the hedge 
Close packed, they make a thicket fancy alone 
Can creep through with the mouse and wren. Next Spring         5
A blackbird or a robin will nest there, 
Accustomed to them, thinking they will remain 
Whatever is for ever to a bird. 
This Spring it is too late; the swift has come, 
'Twas a hot day for carrying them up:  10
Better they will never warm me, though they must 
Light several Winters' fires. Before they are done 
The war will have ended, many other things 
Have ended, maybe, that I can no more 
Foresee or more control than robin and wren.  15
 
 
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