by James Henry Cousins (1873 - 1956)

The corncrake
Language: English 
I heard him faintly, far away,
  (Break! Break! -- Break! Break!)
Calling to the dawn of day,
  "Break! Break!"

I heard him in the yellow morn
  (Shake! Shake! -- Shake! Shake!)
Shouting thro' the rustling corn,
  "Shake! Shake!"

I heard him near where one lay dead
  (Ache! Ache!)
Crying among poppies red,
  "Ache! Ache! -- Ache! Ache!"

And where a solemn yew-tree waves
  (Wake! Wake!)
All night he shouts among the graves,
  "Wake! Wake! -- Wake! Wake!"


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This text was added to the website: 2010-09-06
Line count: 16
Word count: 73