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Poem by John Clare


Birds in Alarm


The firetail tells the boys when nests are nigh
And tweets and flies from every passer-bye.
The yellowhammer never makes a noise
But flies in silence from the noisy boys;
The boys will come and take them every day,
And still she lays as none were ta'en away.

The nightingale keeps tweeting-churring round
But leaves in silence when the nest is found.
The pewit hollos 'chewrit' as she flies
And flops about the shepherd where he lies;
But when her nest is found she stops her song
And cocks [her] coppled crown and runs along.
Wrens cock their tails and chitter loud and play,
And robins hollo 'tut' and fly away. 



John Clare


John Clare's other poems:
  1. Bantry Bay
  2. The Yellowhammer's Nest
  3. Nobody Cometh to Woo
  4. Turkeys
  5. Merry Maid


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