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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
The Fifteenth of April
By Duncan Campbell Scott (1862–1947)
 
PALLID saffron glows the broken stubble,
  Brimmed with silver lie the ruts,
    Purple the ploughed hill;
Down a sluice with break and bubble
    Hollow falls the rill;        5
Falls and spreads and searches,
  Where, beyond the wood,
Starts a group of silver birches,
  Bursting into bud.
 
Under Venus sings the vesper sparrow,        10
  Down a path of rosy gold
    Floats the slender moon;
Ringing from the rounded barrow
    Rolls the robin’s tune;
Lighter than the robin; hark!        15
  Quivering silver-strong
From the field a hidden shore-lark
  Shakes his sparkling song.
 
Now the dewy sounds begin to dwindle,
  Dimmer grow the burnished rills,        20
    Breezes creep and halt,
Soon the guardian night shall kindle
    In the violet vault,
All the twinkling tapers
  Touched with steady gold,        25
Burning through the lawny vapours
  Where they float and fold.
 
 
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