Under the Woods
UNDER THE WOOD by EDWARD THOMAS
When these old woods were young The thrushes' ancestors As sweetly sung In the old years.
There was no garden here, Apples nor misletoe; No children dear Ran to and fro.
New then was this thatched cot, But the keeper was old, And he had not Much lead or gold.
Most silent beech and yew: As he went round about The woods to view Seldom he shot.
But now that he is gone Out of most memories, Still lingers on A stoat of his,
But one, shrivelled and green, And with no scent at all, And barely seen On this shed wall.
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|Author||Thomas, Edward (1878-1917)|
|Title||Under the Woods|
|Copyright||Copyright Edward Thomas, 1979, reproduced under licence from Faber and Faber Ltd.|
|First line||When these old woods were young|
|Publication source||Edward Thomas Collected Poems|
|Publication editor||Thomas, George|
|Publishers||Faber and Faber|
|Digital repository||The First World War Poetry Digital Archive|