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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Ruth
 
Thomas Hood (1799–1845)
 
 
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.
 
Rounder 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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