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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889

A Country Road

By Richard Kendall Munkittrick (1853–1911)

[Born in Manchester, England, 1853. Died in Stamford, Conn., 1911.]

YELLOW with dust it sleeps in noonday’s glare,

Yellow with dust it stretches far away;

On the mossed wall the chipmunks frisk and play,

Where golden daisies broider all the air.

Now nature seems to dream ’mid fragrance rare,

For summer silence holds unbroken sway,

Till round the bend a creaking wain of hay

Comes lumbering down the drowsy thoroughfare;

Then all is still again. The orchard trees

Are motionless as the distant purple hills

On which the shadows of the white clouds rest,

When suddenly the white-flecked clover seas

All joyous tremble, while the bobolink trills

His wildest melodies with sweet unrest.

Harper’s Weekly. 188–.