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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
Among the Millet
By Archibald Lampman (1861–1899)
 
THE DEW is gleaming in the grass,
  The morning hours are seven,
And I am fain to watch you pass,
  Ye soft white clouds of heaven.
 
Ye stray and gather, part and fold;        5
  The wind alone can tame you;
I think of what in time of old
  The poets loved to name you.
 
They called you sheep, the sky your sward,
  A field without a reaper;        10
They called the shining sun your lord,
  The shepherd wind your keeper.
 
Your sweetest poets I will deem
  The men of old for moulding
In simple beauty such a dream,        15
  And I could lie beholding,
 
Where daisies in the meadow toss,
  The wind from morn till even
For ever shepherd you across
  The shining field of heaven.        20
 
 
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