by John Clare (1793 - 1864)

The lark he rises early
Language: English 
The lark he rises early
& the ploughman goes away
Before its morning fairly
At the guessing brake of day
The fields lie in the dawning
& the valies hid in gold
At the pleasant time of morning
When the shepherd goes to fold

The maiden laughs and hollos
When she sees the feeding cows
They switch their tales & follow
Where she cant get over sloughs
I love the gentle dawning
& the valies hid in gold
At the pleasant time of morning
When the shepherd goes to fold

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with John Clare. Poems of the Middle Period: 1822-1837, Oxford University Press, 2003, pages 254-255.

Stephens uses standard modern spelling: brake -> break ; valies -> valley's; tales -> tails

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This text was added to the website: 2014-03-07
Line count: 16
Word count: 90