Ammon Wrigley - "Sunbeam and Shadow"

The following is a transcription of a work by Saddleworth poet Ammon Wrigley (1861-1946).

Sunbeam and Shadow

Wind and shadow and sun,
Out for frolic and fun;
A merry wind in a June sky,
Flinging clouds o’er the moortop high.
Sunbeam and shadow down below,
From east to west they racing go;
Now down the moor the shadow flies;
And swift behind the sunbeam hies;
Over the cloughs they run and leap,
Over the grouse, over the sheep;
Over the hares, over the ling,
Crags and bracken and everything.
Ever rushing from place to place,
Two madcap things each other chase;
Ever trying to wrest the lead,
Through the valley away they speed.
Now the shadow and now the beam,
Over the hedge, over the stream;
Over the path, over the lane,
Into the croft and out again.
Over the barn and shippon fold,
A moment dark, a moment gold,
Into the hollows, up the knowes,
Through the fields, over the cows.
Over the roofs of cottage and farm,
A moment cold, a moment warm;
Higher and higher up the hill,
Never resting and never still.
Over the hill and from my sight,
Nothing can stay their eager flight;
Till the tired beam glad to have done,
Goes to bed with the setting sun.
The wind’s asleep along the steep,
Into the valley the shadows creep.

Ammon Wrigley - "Sunbeam and Shadow"


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