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16. sword and Plough.

by Charles Dawson Shanley.
The Sword came down to the red-brown field,
     Where the Plough to the furrow heaved and keeled;
And it looked so proud in its jingling gear,--
     Said the Plough to the Sword, “What brings you here?”

“Long years ago, ere I was born,
     They doubled my grandsire up, one morn,
To forge a share for you, and now
     They want him back,” said the Sword to the Plough.

The red-brown field glowed a deeper red,
     As the gleam of War o'er the landscape sped;
The sabres flashed, the cannon roared,
     And side by side fought the Plough and the Sword.

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