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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
The Sower’s Song
By Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881)
 
NOW hands to seedsheet, boys!
We step and we cast; old Time ’s on wing,
And would ye partake of Harvest’s joys,
The corn must be sown in Spring.
    Fall gently and still, good corn,        5
    Lie warm in thy earthy bed;
    And stand so yellow some morn,
    For beast and man must be fed.
 
Old Earth is a pleasure to see
In sunshiny cloak of red and green;        10
The furrow lies fresh; this Year will be
As Years that are past have been.
    Fall gently and still, good corn,
    Lie warm in thy earthy bed;
    And stand so yellow some morn,        15
    For beast and man must be fed.
 
Old Mother, receive this corn,
The son of Six Thousand golden sires:
All these on thy kindly breast were born;
One more thy poor child requires.        20
    Fall gently and still, good corn,
    Lie warm in thy earthy bed;
    And stand so yellow some morn,
    For beast and man must be fed.
 
Now steady and sure again,        25
And measure of stroke and step we keep;
Thus up and thus down we cast our grain:
Sow well, and you gladly reap.
    Fall gently and still, good corn,
    Lie warm in thy earthy bed;        30
    And stand so yellow some morn,
    For beast and man must be fed.
 
 
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