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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
 
Poems of Home: IV. Youth
Ruth
Thomas Hood (1799–1845)
 
SHE stood breast high amid the corn,
Clasped by the golden light of morn,
Like the sweetheart of the sun,
Who many a glowing kiss had won.
 
On her cheek an autumn flush        5
Deeply ripened;—such a blush
In the midst of brown was born,
Like red poppies grown with corn.
 
Round her eyes her tresses fell,—
Which were blackest none could tell;        10
But long lashes veiled a light
That had else been all too bright.
 
And her hat, with shady brim,
Made her tressy forehead dim;—
Thus she stood amid the stooks,        15
Praising God with sweetest looks.
 
Sure, I said, Heaven did not mean
Where I reap thou shouldst but glean;
Lay thy sheaf adown and come,
Share my harvest and my home.        20
 
 
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