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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
The Plough
By Richard Henry Hengist Horne (1802–1884)
 
A Landscape in Berkshire

ABOVE yon sombre swell of land
  Thou see’st the dawn’s grave orange hue,
With one pale streak like yellow sand,
  And over that a vein of blue.
 
The air is cold above the woods;        5
  All silent is the earth and sky,
Except with his own lonely moods
  The blackbird holds a colloquy.
 
Over the broad hill creeps a beam,
  Like hope that gilds a good man’s brow;        10
And now ascends the nostril-stream
  Of stalwart horses come to plough.
 
Ye rigid Ploughmen, bear in mind
  Your labour is for future hours:
Advance—spare not—nor look behind—        15
  Plough deep and straight with all your powers!
 
 
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