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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV. 1876–79.


Crimean Invalid Soldiers Reaping at Aldershot

By Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton (1809–1885)

REAP ye the ripe, ripe corn,

Ye have reaped the green and the young,

The fruits that were scarcely born,—

The fibres that just were strung.

Ye have reaped, as the Destinies reap,

The wit and the worth of Man,

The tears that we vainly weep,

The deeds that we vainly plan.

Now reap as the generous life

Of the pregnant Earth commands,

Each seed with a future rife,

And the work of a thousand hands.