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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VII. Descriptive: Narrative.  1904.
 
Descriptive Poems: III. Places
Scythe Song
Andrew Lang (1844–1912)
 
MOWERS, weary and brown, and blithe,
  What is the word methinks ye know,
Endless over-word that the Scythe
  Sings to the blades of the grass below?
Scythes that swing in the grass and clover,        5
  Something, still, they say as they pass;
What is the word that, over and over,
  Sings the Scythe to the flowers and grass?
 
Hush, ah hush, the Scythe was saying,
  Hush, and heed not, and fall asleep;        10
Hush, they say to the grasses swaying;
  Hush, they sing to the clover deep!
Hush—’t is the lullaby Time is singing—
  Hush, and heed not, for all things pass;
Hush, ah hush! and the Scythes are swinging        15
  Over the clover, over the grass!
 
 
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