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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

In the Fields

By Roger Wolcott (1679–1767)

[A Brief Account of the Agency of the Honorable John Winthrop. From Poetical Meditations; Being the Improvement of some Vacant Hours. 1725.]

THE GRASSY banks are like a verdant bed,

With choicest flowers all enameled,

O’er which the winged choristers do fly,

And wound th’ air with wonderous melody.

Here Philomel high percht upon a thorn

Sings cheerful hymns to the approaching morn.

The song once set, each bird tunes up his lyre,

Responding heavenly music through the choir.

Within these fields fair banks of violets grows,

And near them stand the air-perfuming rose,

And yellow lilies fair enameled

With ruddy spots, here, blushing hang the head.