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D.H. Lawrence (1885–1930).  New Poems.  1916.

35. Twenty Years Ago


ROUND the house were lilacs and strawberries 
  And foal-foots spangling the paths, 
And far away on the sand-hills, dewberries 
  Caught dust from the sea’s long swaths. 
  
Up the wolds the woods were walking,         5
  And nuts fell out of their hair. 
At the gate the nets hung, balking 
  The star-lit rush of a hare. 
  
In the autumn fields, the stubble 
  Tinkled the music of gleaning.  10
At a mother’s knees, the trouble 
  Lost all its meaning. 
  
Yea, what good beginnings 
  To this sad end! 
Have we had our innings?  15
  God forfend! 


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