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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
388. The Solitary Reaper
 
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
 
BEHOLD her, single in the field,
Yon solitary Highland Lass!
Reaping and singing by herself;
Stop here, or gently pass!
Alone she cuts and binds the grain,        5
And sings a melancholy strain;
O listen! for the vale profound
Is overflowing with the sound.
 
No nightingale did ever chaunt
More welcome notes to weary bands        10
Of travellers in some shady haunt,
Among Arabian sands:
No sweeter voice was ever heard
In spring-time from the cuckoo-bird,
Breaking the silence of the seas        15
Among the farthest Hebrides.
 
Will no one tell me what she sings?
Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow
For old, unhappy, far-off things,
And battles long ago:        20
Or is it some more humble lay,
Familiar matter of to-day?
Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain,
That has been, and may be again!
 
Whate’er the theme, the maiden sang        25
As if her song could have no ending;
I saw her singing at her work,
And o’er the sickle bending;
I listen’d, till I had my fill;
And, as I mounted up the hill,        30
The music in my heart I bore
Long after it was heard no more.
 

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