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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908). A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895. 1895.

E. Pauline Johnson 1862–1913

At Husking Time


AT husking time the tassel fades

To brown above the yellow blades

Whose rustling sheath enswathes the corn

That bursts its chrysalis in scorn

Longer to lie in prison shades.

Among the merry lads and maids

The creaking ox-cart slowly wades

’Twixt stalks and stubble, sacked, and torn

At husking time.

The prying pilot crow persuades

The flock to join in thieving raids;

The sly raccoon with craft inborn

His portion steals,—from plenty’s horn

His pouch the saucy chipmunk lades

At husking time.