Here morning in the ploughman's songs is met Ere yet one footstep shows in all the sky, And twilight in the east, a doubt as yet, Shows not her sleeve of grey to know her by. Woke early, I arose and thought that first In winter-time of all the world was I. The old owls might have hallooed if they durst, But joy just then was up and whistled by A merry tune which I had known full long, But could not to my [mem'ry]1 wake it back, Until the ploughman changed it to the song. O happiness, how simple is thy track! -Tinged like the willow shoots, the east's young brow Glows red and finds thee singing at the plough.
1 Clare: "memory"
- by John Clare (1793 - 1864), "Ploughman singing", appears in John Clare: Poems, first published 1920 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Ivor (Bertie) Gurney (1890 - 1937), "Ploughman singing", 1920, published 1952. [voice, piano] [text verified 1 time]
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