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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
 
Extracts from Love Is Enough: The Return Home
By William Morris (1834–1896)
 
GILES.
  Come, o’ermuch gold mine eyes have seen,
  And long now for the pathway green,
  And rose-hung ancient walls of grey
  Yet warm with sunshine gone away.
 
JOAN.
  Yea, full fain would I rest thereby,
        5
  And watch the flickering martins fly
  About the long eave-bottles red
  And the clouds lessening overhead:
  E’en now meseems the cows are come
  Unto the grey gates of our home,        10
  And low to hear the milking-pail:
  The peacock spreads abroad his tail
  Against the sun, as down the lane
  The milkmaids pass the moveless wain
  And stable door, where the roan team        15
  An hour agone began to dream
  Over the dusty oats—
                    Come, love,
  Noises of river and of grove
  And moving things in field and stall
  And night-birds’ whistle shall be all        20
  Of the world’s speech that we shall hear
  By then we come the garth anear:
  For then the moon that hangs aloft
  These thronged streets, lightless now and soft,
  Unnoted, yea e’en like a shred        25
  Of yon wide white cloud overhead,
  Sharp in the dark star-sprinkled sky
  Low o’er the willow boughs shall lie.
 
 
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