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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
The Field-path
By Charles Swain (1801–1874)
TRIPPING down the field-path
  Early in the morn,
There I met my own love
  ’Midst the golden corn;
Autumn winds were blowing,        5
  As in frolic chase,
All her silken ringlets
  Backward from her face;
Little time for speaking
  Had she, for the wind        10
Bonnet, scarf, or ribbon
  Ever swept behind.
Still some sweet improvement
  In her beauty shone;
Every graceful movement        15
  Won me, one by one!
Little time for wooing
  Had we, for the wind
Still kept on undoing
  What we sought to bind …        20
Still I see the field-path:—
  Would that I could see
Her whose graceful beauty
  Lost is now to me!

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