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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Ploughman
By Gordon Bottomley
 
UNDER the long fell’s stony eaves
The ploughman, going up and down,
Ridge after ridge man’s tide-mark leaves,
And turn the hard gray soil to brown.
 
Striding, he measures out the earth        5
In lines of life, to rain and sun;
And every year that comes to birth
Sees him still striding on and on.
 
The seasons change, and then return;
Yet still, in blind unsparing ways,        10
However I may shrink or yearn,
The ploughman measures out my days.
 
His acre brought forth roots last year;
This year it bears the gleamy grain;
Next spring shall seedling grass appear:        15
Then roots and corn and grass again.
 
Five times the young corn’s pallid green
I have seen spread and change and thrill;
Five times the reapers I have seen
Go creeping up the far-off hill:        20
 
And, as the unknowing ploughman climbs
Slowly and inveterately,
I wonder long how many times
The corn will spring again for me.
 
 
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