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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Noon-time
 
          A silence, the brief sabbath of an hour,
Reigns o’er the fields; the laborer sits within
His dwelling; he has left his steers awhile,
Unyoked, to bite the herbage, and his dog
Sleeps stretched beside the door-stone in the shade.
Now the gray marmot, with uplifted paws,
No more sits listening by his den, but steals
Abroad, in safety, to the clover-field,
And crops its juicy blossoms.
William Cullen Bryant.    
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