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My Early Home By John Clare
Posted by: Mia (---.sc.univ-montp1.fr)
Date: March 12, 2003 07:28AM

Does anyone have this poem, please? I could only find some 3 or 4 lines browsing.


Re: "My Early Home" By John Clare
Posted by: RJAllen (193.114.111.---)
Date: March 12, 2003 10:10AM

Here sparrows build upon the trees
And stock dove builds her nest...

Is that the one you mean? Just google those lines...et voila!


Re: "My Early Home" By John Clare
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.sdsl.cais.net)
Date: March 12, 2003 01:03PM


Here sparrows build upon the trees,
And stock dove hides her nest:
The leaves are winnowed by the breeze
Into a calmer rest.

The back-cap's song was very sweet;
That used the rose to kiss;
It made the paradise complete,
My early home was this.

The red-breast from the sweetbrier bush
Dropped down to pick the worm;
On the horse-chestnut sang the thrush,
O'er the house where I was born.


Risking the ire of Clare's copyright holder:


The moonlight, like a shower of pearls,
Fell o'er this ' bower of bliss,'
And on the bench sat boys and girls;
My early home was this.

The old house stooped just like a cave,
Thatched o'er with mosses green;
Winter around the walls would rave,
But all was calm within.

The trees here are all green again,
Here bees the flowers still kiss,
But flowers and trees seemed sweeter then;
My early home was this.


Re: "My Early Home" By John Clare
Posted by: Mia (---.sc.univ-montp1.fr)
Date: March 13, 2003 07:10AM

Thank you so much!!


Re: "My Early Home" By John Clare
Posted by: RJAllen (193.114.111.---)
Date: March 13, 2003 08:19AM

Sorry about "builds" for "hides". Never quote from memory!


Re: "My Early Home" By John Clare
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.sdsl.cais.net)
Date: March 14, 2003 11:04AM


Speaking of copyrights, here is a good link to bookmark:

[www.loc.gov];


Re: "My Early Home" By John Clare
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-04rh16rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: July 15, 2004 01:55PM

And, speaking of John Clare, I don't remember if this site has been mentioned before:

[human.ntu.ac.uk]


Re: "My Early Home" By John Clare
Posted by: Henry (213.78.107.---)
Date: July 15, 2004 06:11PM

I walk to London down these roads with my poetry and prose
and a knapsack for my journey.
I left Helpstone in the rain, from Northamptonshire I came
where lives my lovely Mary.

But I sing the shepherd's song as I walk along
and the bells of life are ringing.
I know there's nothing but Eden's grace and in any case
the birds are sweetly singing.

From The Shepherd's Song sung by Pete Morton on his new CD Swarthmoor. John Clare was born in 1793 in Helpstone and grew up next door to the Blue Bell Inn. His cottage and the inn are still there. Today you will find the village listed as Helpston, Cambridgeshire. It hasn't moved, the boundaries have, but you could argue whether he used the Northamptonshire or Cambridgeshire dialect.




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