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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
The Pasture Field
By Ethelwyn Wetherald (1857–1940)
 
WHEN spring has burned
  The ragged robe of winter, stitch by stitch,
And deftly turned
  To moving melody the wayside ditch,
The pale-green pasture field behind the bars        5
Is goldened o’er with dandelion stars.
 
When summer keeps
  Quick pace with sinewy, white-shirted arms,
And daily steeps
  In sunny splendour all her spreading farms,        10
The pasture field is flooded foamy white
With daisy faces looking at the light.
 
When autumn lays
  Her golden wealth upon the forest floor,
And all the days        15
  Look backward at the days that went before,
A pensive company, the asters, stand,
Their blue eyes brightening the pasture land.
 
When winter lifts
  A sounding trumpet to his strenuous lips,        20
And shapes the drifts
  To curves of transient loveliness, he slips
Upon the pasture’s ineffectual brown
A swan-soft vestment delicate as down.
 
 
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