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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
At Husking Time
 
E. Pauline Johnson (1862–1913)
 
 
AT husking time the tassel fades
To brown above the yellow blades
  Whose rustling sheath enswathes the corn
  That bursts its chrysalis in scorn
Longer to lie in prison shades.        5
 
Among the merry lads and maids
The creaking ox-cart slowly wades
’Twixt stalks and stubble, sacked, and torn
  At husking time.
 
The prying pilot crow persuades        10
The flock to join in thieving raids;
  The sly raccoon with craft inborn
  His portion steals,—from plenty’s horn
His pouch the saucy chipmunk lades
  At husking time.        15
 

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