'Twould ring the bells of Heaven
The wildest peal for years,
If Parson lost his senses
And people came to theirs,
See an old unhappy bull,
Sick in soul and body both,
Slouching in the undergrowth
Of the forest beautiful,
Banished from the herd he led,
I saw with open eyes
Singing birds sweet
Sold in the shops
For people to eat,
'Come, try your skill, kind gentlemen,
A penny for three tries!'
Some threw and lost, some threw and won
A ten-a-penny prize.
Now one and all, you Roses,
Wake up, you lie too long!
This very morning closes
The Nightingale his song;
"How fared you when you mortal were?
What did you see on my peopled star?"
"Oh well enough," I answered her,
"It went for me where mortals are!
Eve, with her basket, was
Deep in the bells and grass,
Wading in bells and grass
Up to her knees,
I climbed a hill as light fell short,
And rooks came home in scramble sort,
And filled the trees and flapped and fought
The world's gone forward to its latest fair
And dropt an old man done with by the way,
To sit alone among the bats and stare