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    The Skylark

    by Edith Nesbit
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    ". . . a dripping shower of notes from the softening blue. It is the skylark come."--Robert A Field, in the New Age.

    "It is the skylark come." For shame!
    Robert-a-Cockney is thy name:
    Robert-a-Field would surely know
    That skylarks, bless them, never go!

    *

    Love of my life, bear witness here
    How we have heard them all the year;
    How to the skylark's song are set
    The days we never can forget.
    At Rustington, do you remember?
    We heard the skylarks in December;
    In January above the snow
    They sang to us by Hurstmonceux
    Once in the keenest airs of March
    We heard them near the Marble Arch;
    Their April song thrilled Tonbridge air;
    May found them singing everywhere;
    And oh, in Sheppey, how their tune
    Rhymed with the bean-flower scent in June.
    One unforgotten day at Rye
    They sang a love-song in July;
    In August, hard by Lewes town,
    They sang of joy 'twixt sky and down;
    And in September's golden spell
    We heard them singing on Scaw Fell.
    October's leaves were brown and sere,
    But skylarks sang by Teston Weir;
    And in November, at Mount's Bay,
    They sang upon our wedding day!

    *

    Mr.-a-Field, go forth, go forth,
    Go east and west and south and north;
    You'll always find the furze in flower,
    Find every hour the lovers' hour,
    And, by my faith in love and rhyme,
    The skylark singing all the time!
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