The Poetical Works of Jean Ingelow: Reprinted from the Three-Volume English Edition, with Many Additions and Biographical Sketch

The Poetical Works of Jean Ingelow: Reprinted from the Three-Volume English Edition, with Many Additions and Biographical Sketch

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The Poetical Works of Jean Ingelow: Reprinted from the Three-Volume English Edition, with Many Additions and Biographical Sketch

The Poetical Works of Jean Ingelow: Reprinted from the Three-Volume English Edition, with Many Additions and Biographical Sketch

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An empty sky, a world of heather,
       Purple of foxglove, yellow of broom ;
We two among them wading together,
       Shaking out honey, treading perfume.

Crowds of bees are giddy with clover,
       Crowds of grasshoppers skip at our feet,
Crowds of larks at their matins hang over
       Thanking the Lord for a life so sweet.

Flusheth the rise with her purple favor,
       Gloweth the cleft with her golden ring,
Twixt the two brown butterflies waver,
       Lightly settle, and sleepily swing.

We two walk till the purple dieth
       And short dry grass under foot is brown,
But one little streak at a distance lieth
       Green like a ribbon to prank the down.

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Over the grass we stepped unto it,
       And God He knoweth how blithe we were ?
Never a voice to bid us eschew it:
       Hey the green ribbon that showed so fair!

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