Ammon Wrigley - "Youth and Age"

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

Youth and Age

Down the path, from upland meadows,
Forth she came one summer morn,
Glancing through the elm tree shadows,
Fair as spirit heaven-born;
Out across the long green ledges,
Banded grey by walls of stone,
Sloping down to white-thorn hedges,
Forth she wandered all alone.
Sweet beneath her white sun bonnet,
Rosy-tinted shone her face,
Joy and health were shining on it,
Innocence and simple grace;
Gown of silk and ribbon whiter
Than the fairest rose of June,
Charm of gait and footstep lighter
Than a sprightly harvest tune.
Blue and gold the skies above her,
Soft the wind among her hair,
Wind and sunshine seemed to love her,—
Loved to kiss a maid so fair;
Song of lark and cuckoo calling
Over field and beechen copse,
Song of thrush and linnet falling
Mellow from the ash tree tops.
Fair she saw the world before her,
Not a sorrow, not a care,
Not a cloud to hover o’er her,
Joy and sunrise everywhere;
In her heart she aye rejoices,
Life will ever thus be sweet,
Far away from mournful voices,
Far away from weary feet.

Ammon Wrigley - "Youth and Age"


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