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Thread: Harvest Hymn

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    Jan 2003

    Default Harvest Hymn

    Harvest Hymn
    by John Betjeman

    We spray the fields and scatter
    The poison on the ground
    So that no wicked wild flowers
    Upon our farm are found.
    We like whatever helps us
    To line our purse with pence;
    The twenty-four-hour broiler house
    And neat electric fence.

    All concrete sheds around us
    And Jaguars in the yard,
    The telly lounge and deep-freeze
    Are ours from working hard.

    We fire the fields for harvest,
    The hedges swell the flame,
    The oak trees and the cottages
    From which our fathers came.
    We give no compensation,
    The earth is ours today,
    And if we lose of arable,
    Then bungalows will pay.

    All concrete sheds.......etc

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    John Betjeman - always a winner in my book.

    "A family tree can wither if nobody tends it's roots"

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