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The Manor Farm podcast

The Manor Farm

Poem by Edward Thomas, 1878-1917 Read by Siriol Collins

The rock-like mud unfroze a little, and rills 
Ran and sparkled down each side of the road 
Under the catkins wagging in the hedge. 
But earth would have her sleep out, spite of the sun; 
Nor did I value that thin gliding beam 
More than a pretty February thing 
Till I came down to the old manor farm, 
And church and yew-tree opposite, in age 
Its equals and in size. The church and yew 
And farmhouse slept in a Sunday silentness. 
The air raised not a straw. The steep farm roof, 
With tiles duskily glowing, entertained 
The mid-day sun; and up and down the roof 
White pigeons nestled. There was no sound but one. 
Three cart horses were looking over a gate 
Drowsily through their forelocks, swishing their tails 
Against a fly, a solitary fly. 
The winter's cheek flushed as if he had drained 
Spring, summer, and autumn at a draught 
And smiled quietly. But 'twas not winter-- 
Rather a season of bliss unchangeable, 
Awakened from farm and church where it had lain 
Safe under tile and latch for ages since 
This England, old already, was called Merry.

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