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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
Wheat
By Clinton Scollard (1860–1932)
 
BEHOLD a billowy sea of golden spears
  That to and fro in every breeze that blows
  Tosses its amber waves, and proudly shows
Bright scarlet poppies when the warm wind veers.
Hearken, and lo! there falls upon the ears        5
  A song as mellow as the one that rose
  From Boaz’ fields at daytime’s drowsy close
And thrilled his heart in those dim Hebrew years.
 
And the swart mower, leaning on his scythe
To catch the swelling music, clear and blithe,        10
  Thinks, as his eyes with love-light brim and glow,
That she who sings, the while the bright beams fade,
Is far diviner than the lovely maid
  Who gleaned in fields Judean long ago.
 
 
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