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    John Clare - A Scene


    by poetictouch

    John Clare - A Scene - Read by David Barnes

    A Scene
    by John Clare (1793-1864)

    The Landscape's stretching view that opens wide,
    With dribbling brooks, and river's wider floods,
    And hills, and vales, and darksome lowering woods
    With grains of varied hues, and grasses pied;
    The low brown cottage in the shelter'd nook;
    The steeple, peeping just above the trees
    Whose dangling leaves keep rustling in the breeze;
    And thoughtful shepherd bending o'er his hook;
    And maidens stripp'd, haymaking too, appear;
    And Hodge a whistling at his fallow plough;
    And herdsman hallooing to intruding cow;
    All these, with hundreds more, far off and near
    Approach my sight; and please to such excess,
    That language fails the pleasure to express.