Songs of the Garden
handsome small farmer?
Healthy, educated maiden,
she would serve you a rough half-bushel—
cockle soup, a brew,
the water in which the puddings had been cooked
Remember, pilgrim: not the clothes, the road.
Pass between two hills’ breadth.
Put wind into the wish.
Mischance fall upon them who avoid the conflict:
the fork of their breeches
tied in a bundle
two by two:
cock and gander,
dove and dragon.
Taught the garden—
first, housewifely tasks; then,
“Songs of the Garden” is made of words and phrases transcribed from the footnotes of English and Scottish Ballads, a collection edited by Robert Graves (London: Heinemann, 1957). It is part of a brief manuscript titled Smaller Songs.