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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
The Enchanted Sheepfold
 
Josephine Preston Peabody
 
 
THE HILLS far-off were blue, blue,
  The hills at hand were brown;
And all the herd-bells called to me
  As I came by the down.
 
The briars turned to roses, roses;        5
  Ever we stayed to pull
A white little rose, and a red little rose,
  And a lock of silver wool.
 
Nobody heeded,—none, none;
  And when True Love came by,        10
They thought him naught but the shepherd-boy.
  Nobody knew but I!
 
The trees were feathered like birds, birds;
  Birds were in every tree.
Yet nobody heeded, nobody heard,        15
  Nobody knew, save me.
 
And he is fairer than all—all.
  How could a heart go wrong?
For his eyes I knew, and his knew mine,
  Like an old, old song.        20
 

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