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2 Nay, lovely Bird, thou art not vain; Thou hast no proud, ambitious mind; I also love a quiet place That’s green, away from all mankind; A lonely pool, and let a tree Sigh with her bosom over me. LEISURE What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows. No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass. No time to see, in broad daylight, Streams full of stars like skies at night.
LET US LIE CLOSE Let us clie close, as lovers should, That, if I wake when barn-cocks crow – I’ll feel your body at my side, And hear your breathing come and go. When dreams, one night, had moved our bodies, I, waking, listened for your breath; I feared to reach and touch your face, That it was icy-cold in death. 9 Let us lie close, as lovers should, And count our breaths, as some count sheep; Until we say ‘Good night’, at last And with one kiss prepare for sleep. 10 HUW MENAI Hugh Owen Williams, who wrote as Huw Menai, was born in Caernarfon on 13 July 1888.
THE COLLIER’S WIFE The collier’s wife had four tall sons Brought from the pit’s mouth dead, And crushed from foot to head; When others brought her husband home, Had five dead bodies in her room. Had five dead bodies in her house – All in a row they lay – To bury in one day: Such sorrow in the valley has Made kindness grow like grass. Oh, collier, collier, underground, In fear of fire and gas, 5 What life more danger has? Who fears more danger in this life? There is but one – thy wife! THE INQUEST I took my oath I would inquire, Without affection, hate, or wrath, Into the death of Ada Wright – So help me God!