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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
The Potato Harvest
By Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts (1860–1943)
 
A HIGH bare field, brown from the plough, and borne
  Aslant from sunset; amber wastes of sky
  Washing the ridge; a clamour of crows that fly
In from the wide flats where the spent tides mourn
To yon their rocking roosts in pines wind-torn;        5
  A line of grey snake-fence, that zigzags by
  A pond, and cattle; from the homestead nigh
The long deep summonings of the supper horn.
 
Black on the ridge, against that lonely flush,
  A cart, and stoop-necked oxen; ranged beside,        10
    Some barrels; and the day-worn harvest folk,
Here emptying their baskets, jar the hush
  With hollow thunders; down the dusk hill-side
    Lumbers the wain; and day fades out like smoke.
 
 
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