Harry Ploughman

  • Harry Ploughman

  • Hard as hurdle arms, with a broth of goldish flue
  • Breathed round; the rack of ribs; the scooped flank; lank
  • Rope-over thigh; knee-nave; and barrelled shank–
  • Head and foot, shoulder and shank–
  • By a grey eye’s heed steered well, one crew, fall to;
  • Stand at stress. Each limb’s barrowy brawn, his thew
  • That onewhere curded, onewhere sucked or sank–
  • Soared or sank–,
  • Though as a beechbole firm, finds his, as at a roll-
  • call, rank
  • And features, in flesh, what deed he each must do–
  • His sinew-service where do.
  • He leans to it, Harry bends, look. Back, elbow, and
  • liquid waist
  • In him, all quail to the wallowing o’ the plough:
  • ‘s cheek crimsons; curls
  • Wag or crossbridle, in a wind lifted, windlaced–
  • See his wind- lilylocks -laced;
  • Churlsgrace, too, child of Amansstrength, how it hangs
  • or hurls
  • Them–broad in bluff hide his frowning feet lashed! raced
  • With, along them, cragiron under and cold furls–
  • With-a-fountain’s shining-shot furls.
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