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[414] Unploughed, unsown, by scythe unshorn,
     The poor, forsaken farm-fields lie,
Once rich and rife with golden corn
     And pale green breadths of rye.

Of healthful herb and flower bereft,
     The garden plot no housewife keeps;
Through weeds and tangle only left,
     The snake, its tenant, creeps.

A lilac spray, still blossom-clad,
     Sways slow before the empty rooms;
Beside the roofless porch a sad
     Pathetic red rose blooms.

His track, in mould and dust of drouth,
     On floor and hearth the squirrel leaves,
And in the fireless chimney's mouth
     His web the spider weaves.

The leaning barn, about to fall,
     Resounds no more on husking eves;
No cattle low in yard or stall,
     No thresher beats his sheaves.

So sad, so drear! It seems almost
     Some haunting Presence makes its sign;
That down yon shadowy lane some ghost
     Might drive his spectral kine!

O home so desolate and lorn!
     Did all thy memories die with thee?
Were any wed, were any born,
     Beneath this low roof-tree?

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