felled 1879

MY aspens dear, whose airy cages quelled,
Quelled or quenched in leaves the leaping sun,
All felled, felled, are all felled;
             Of a fresh and following folded rank
                   Not spared, not one
                 That dandled a sandalled
       Shadow that swam or sank
On meadow and river and wind-wandering weed-winding bank.

O if we but knew what we do
      When we delve or hew—
Hack and rack the growing green!
      Since country is so tender
To touch, her being só slender,
That, like this sleek and seeing ball
But a prick will make no eye at all,
Where we, even where we mean
       To mend her we end her,
      When we hew or delve:
After-comers cannot guess the beauty been.
             Ten or twelve, only ten or twelve
      Strokes of havoc únselve
                    The sweet especial scene,
      Rural scene, a rural scene,
      Sweet especial rural scene.

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