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!"
- by James Henry Cousins (1873 - 1956), "The corncrake", appears in The Bell Branch, first published 1908 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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