Anthology of Modern Slavonic Literature in Prose and Verse/The Ingle Nook



Two gnarled old willows o'er the water droop,
And in it wet their boughs that trail and droop;
A mighty poplar guards the vale's retreat;
The cooling current flows around its feet;
A hazel hedge, whose tangle bars the way
Shelters a maid with glowing lips,—she may
Be six years old; her little feet are bare;
Upon a cow she turns a blue-eyed stare,
And in her sunburnt hands a grass-bunch lies,
The cow has fixed her big and trusting eyes
Upon the maid, and mutely thanks her thus
For tufts of bird-grass and ranunculus,

And dandelion and milfoil, weedy bunches
The cow, her tongue bedecked with white foam, munches.
The hands now bared, the lap she searches through;
In shade two dragon-flies sport, green of hue.

"The Magic Garden" (1888).

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