Home Thoughts from Abroad
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- OH, to be in England
- Now that April 's there,
- And whoever wakes in England
- Sees, some morning, unaware,
- That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
- Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
- While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
- In England—now!
- And after April, when May follows,
- And the whitethroat builds, and all the swallows!
- Hark, where my blossom'd pear-tree in the hedge
- Leans to the field and scatters on the clover
- Blossoms and dewdrops—at the bent spray's edge—
- That 's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
- Lest you should think he never could recapture
- The first fine careless rapture!
- And though the fields look rough with hoary dew,
- All will be gay when noontide wakes anew
- The buttercups, the little children's dower
- —Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!
- Robert Browning's "Home-Thoughts, from Abroad": "Oh to be in England:" Seminar Paper, GRIN Verlag 2008, ISBN 978-3-640-33427-8
- Robert Browning and Tim Cook, The Poems of Robert Browning, Wordsworth Editions Ltd 1994, ISBN 1-85326-418-0 (p.226)
- Griff Rhys Jones, The Nation's Favourite Poems, BBC Worldwide Ltd 1996 ISBN 978-0-563-38782-4 (p.71)
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