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"Home Thoughts from Abroad" by Robert Browning

Updated: Apr 3


The River Tamar is a boundary between the English counties of Cornwall and Devon. I lived less than a mile from Horsebridge on the Cornish side, where people joked about having passports to cross over the border.

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 white-throat 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 re-capture

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!


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