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The Hero of the Plough.

\ . ("N.Z. Farmer."), Clean the brown path to meet his coulter's gleam ! Lo ! On he comes behind his smoking team ; With toil's bright devrdrops on his kuviburnt brow, The "lord of earth, the hero of the plough! First m the field before the redd'nixig sun, Last m the shadows when the <lay is done, Line after line, along the bursting sod, Marksthe broad acres where his -feet have trod; Still where he trends the stubborn clods divide, The smooth, fresh furrow opens steep and wide ; Matted and dense the tangled turf up heave.?, Mellow and dark the ridgy cornfield cleaves; " Up the steep hillside, where the laboring train Slants the long track that scores the level plain, Through the, moist valley, clogg'd with oozing clay, The patient convoy breaks its destined Avay ; At every turn, the loosening chains resound, . The swinging ploughshare ciixles glistening round, Till the wide field one Mllowy waste appear.^, And weary hands unbind the panting steers. These are the hands whoso sturdy labour brings The peasant's food, the gcldeit potip of kings ; This i,s the page whose letters; shall be seen, Changed by the sun to words of living green ; This is: the scholar whose immortal pen, Spells the first lesson hunger taught to men ; These are the linr JS that -heaven-com-manded-Toil Shows on *his dea,l—the, chartex- of the Soil! : : I ;

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The Hero of the Plough., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2531, 30 September 1890

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The Hero of the Plough. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2531, 30 September 1890

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