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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Harvest-Home Song
 
John Davidson (1857–1909)
 
 
THE FROST will bite us soon;
  His tooth is on the leaves:
Beneath the golden moon
  We bear the golden sheaves:
We care not for the winter’s spite,        5
We keep our Harvest-home to-night.
    Hurrah for the English yeoman!
      Fill full, fill the cup!
    Hurrah! he yields to no man!
      Drink deep; drink it up!        10
 
The pleasure of a king
  Is tasteless to the mirth
Of peasants when they bring
  The harvest of the earth.
With pipe and tabor hither roam        15
All ye who love our Harvest-home.
 
The thresher with his flail,
  The shepherd with his crook,
The milkmaid with his pail,
  The reaper with his hook—        20
To-night the dullest blooded clods
Are kings and queens, are demigods.
    Hurrah for the English yeoman!
      Fill full; fill the cup!
    Hurrah! he yields to no man!        25
      Drink deep; drink it up!
 

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