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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Francis Ledwidge. 1891–1917
 
162. Evening Clouds
 
A LITTLE flock of clouds go down to rest 
In some blue corner off the moon's highway, 
With shepherd-winds that shook them in the West 
To borrowed shapes of earth, in bright array, 
Perhaps to weave a rainbow's gay festoons         5
Around the lonesome isle which Brooke has made 
A little England full of lovely noons, 
Or dot it with his country's mountain shade. 
  
Ah, little wanderers, when you reach that isle 
Tell him, with dripping dew, they have not failed,  10
What he loved most; for late I roamed a while 
Thro' English fields and down her rivers sailed; 
And they remember him with beauty caught 
From old desires of Oriental Spring 
Heard in his heart with singing overwrought;  15
And still on Purley Common gooseboys sing. 
 
 
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