Wednesday, 8 May 2013

The poplar field: a poem by William Cowper

The poplars are fell'd, farewell to the shade,
And the whispering sound of cool colonnade,
The winds play no longer, and sing in the leaves,
Nor Ouse on his bosom their image receives,

Twelve years have elaps'd since I last took a view,
Of my favourite field and the bank where they grew,
And now in the grass behold they are laid,
And the tree is my seat that once lent me shade.

The blackbird has fled to another retreat,
Where the hazels afford him a screen from the heat,
And the scene where his melody charm'd me before,
Resounds with the sweet-flowing ditty no more.

My fugitive years are all hasting away,
And i must ere long lie as lowly as they,
With a turf on my breast, and a stone at my head,
Ere another such grove shall arise in its stead.

Tis' a sight to engage me, if anything can,
To muse on the perishing pleasures of man ;
Though his life be a dream, his enjoyments, i see,
Have a being less durable even than he.

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