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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
The Sower
By Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts (1860–1943)
 
A BROWN sad-coloured hill-side, where the soil,
  Fresh from the frequent harrow, deep and fine,
  Lies bare; no break in the remote sky-line,
Save where a flock of pigeons streams aloft,
Startled from feed in some low-lying croft,        5
  Or far-off spires with yellow of sunset shine;
  And here the Sower, unwittingly divine,
Exerts the silent forethought of his toil.
 
Alone he treads the glebe, his measured stride
  Dumb in the yielding soil; and though small joy        10
Dwell in his heavy face, as spreads the blind
Pale grain from his dispensing palm aside,
  This plodding churl grows great in his employ;—
Godlike, he makes provision for mankind.
 
 
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