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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1519. Before the Rain
 
By Amélie Troubetzkoy
 
 
THE BLACKCAPS pipe among the reeds,
  And there ’ll be rain to follow;
There is a murmur as of wind
  In every coign and hollow;
The wrens do chatter of their fears        5
While swinging on the barley-ears.
 
Come, hurry, while there yet is time,
  Pull up thy scarlet bonnet.
Now, sweetheart, as my love is thine,
  There is a drop upon it.        10
So trip it ere the storm-hag weird
Doth pluck the barley by the beard!
 
Lo! not a whit too soon we’re housed;
  The storm-witch yells above us;
The branches rapping on the panes        15
  Seem not in truth to love us.
And look where through the clover bush
The nimble-footed rain doth rush!
 

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