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Songs and Ballads for the People

By the Rev. John Mason Neale

London: James Burns, 1843.

VIII. God speed the Plough!

The teams are waiting in the field,
The ploughmen all a-row;
As brisk and gay as birds in May,
They make a goodly show.
The farmer stands, and sees all hands
Turn'd out and ready now;
Yet ere they start, with all our heart
We'll say, God speed the plough!

We plough the field; but He must yield
His sunshine and His rains:
In hope we plough, in hope we sow,
That He will bless our pains.
'Tis even weight, and furrow straight,
That bears away the bell;
So off! And now God speed the plough,
And send the ploughman well!

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