Winter Fields

Oh for a pleasant book to cheat the sway
Of winter ÔÇô where rich mirth with hearty laugh
Listens and rubs his legs on corner seat;
For fields are mire and sludge ÔÇô and badly off
Are those who on their pudgy paths delay;
There striding shepherd, seeking driest way,
Fearing night's wetshod feet and hacking cough
That keeps him waken till the peep of day,
Goes shouldering onward and with ready book
Progs oft to ford the sloughs that nearly meet
Across the lands; croodling and thin to view,
His loath dog follows ÔÇô stops and quakes and looks
For better roads, till whistled to pursue;
Then on with frequent jump he hirkles through.
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