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Autumn Birds

 The wild duck startles like a sudden thought,
And heron slow as if it might be caught.
The flopping crows on weary wings go by And grey beard jackdaws noising as they fly.
The crowds of starnels whizz and hurry by, And darken like a clod the evening sky.
The larks like thunder rise and suthy round, Then drop and nestle in the stubble ground.
The wild swan hurries hight and noises loud With white neck peering to the evening clowd.
The weary rooks to distant woods are gone.
With lengths of tail the magpie winnows on To neighbouring tree, and leaves the distant crow While small birds nestle in the edge below.

by John Clare
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