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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
The City Clerk
By Thomas Ashe (1836–1889)
’TIS strange how my head runs on! ’tis a puzzle to understand
Such fancies stirring in me, for a whiff of hay in the Strand!
I see the old farmhouse, and garden wall, and the bees;
I see the mowers stretch’d, with their bottles, under the trees;
I hear the little brook a-ripple down in the dell;        5
I hear the old-folk croon—‘Our son, he is doing well!’
O yes, I am doing well; but I’d be again, for a day,
A simple farmer’s lad, among the girls in the hay.

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