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Thomas Hardy (1840–1928).  Wessex Poems and Other Verses.  1898.
21. The Stranger’s Song
O MY trade it is the rarest one,
            Simple shepherds all—
  My trade is a sight to see;
For my customers I tie, and take ’em up on high,
  And waft ’em to a far countree!        5
My tools are but common ones,
            Simple shepherds all—
  My tools are no sight to see:
A little hempen string, and a post whereon to swing,
  Are implements enough for me!        10
To-morrow is my working day,
            Simple shepherds all—
  To-morrow is a working day for me:
For the farmer’s sheep is slain, and the lad who did it ta’en,
And on his soul may God ha’ mer-cy!

Printed in “The Three Strangers,” 1883.


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