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The Expedition to Birting's Land

and other ballads

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Author: George Borrow
Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,531 / 19 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.4
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 494
Added to site: 2008.10.07
mnybks.net#: 22251
Genre: Poetry
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ed wide,
Where to Thor was offered the he-goat’s blood,

In reeking tide.

O, lovely field! and forest fair,

And meads grass-clad;
Her bride-bed Freya every where

Enamelled had.
The corn-flowers rose in azure band

From earthly cell;
Nought else could I do but stop and stand,

And greet them well.

Welcome on earth’s green breast again,

Ye flowerets dear!
In spring how charming ’mid the grain

Your heads ye rear.
Like stars ’midst lightning’s yellow ray

Ye shine red, blue:
O, how your summer aspect gay

Delights my view.

O poet! poet! silence keep,

God help thy case:
Our owner holds us sadly cheap,

And scorns our race.
Each time he sees, he calls us scum,

Or worthless tares;
Hell-weeds that but to vex him come

’Midst his corn-ears.

The greate

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