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Your Hay it is Mow'd, and Your Corn is Reaped
John Dryden

Your hay it is mow'd, and your corn is reap'd;
Your barns will be full, and your hovels heap'd:
         Come, my boys, come;
         Come, my boys, come;
And merrily roar out Harvest Home.

    We ha' cheated the parson, we'll cheat him agen, 
For why should a blockhead ha' one in ten? 
          One in ten, 
          One in ten, 
For why should a blockhead ha' one in ten?

   For prating so long like a book-learn'd sot, 
Till pudding and dumplin burn to pot, 
          Burn to pot, 
          Burn to pot,

Till pudding and dumplin burn to pot.

   We'll toss off our ale till we canno' stand, 
And Hoigh for the honour of Old England: 
         Old England,
         Old England, 
And Hoigh for the honour of Old England. 

This poem is in the public domain.


John Dryden (9 August 1631 – 1 May 1700) was an English poet, playwright, librettist, and critic. He began publishing his work while still a teenager and ultimately earned tremendous acclaim for his work Well connected in royal and social circles, John enjoyed a high profile throughout his entire professional life. He was appointed as England’s Poet Laureate, but lost the title in a political tiff. Today, John is considered one of the greatest poets and playwrights of the 17th century

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This is a very amusing poem. I like the rhythm of it. However, I wish I understood it a tad better. There is something brilliant about it.
Posted 11/19/2011 01:38 PM
Isn't it funny that even in the 17th century, churches were having trouble collecting their tithes? Things never change.
Posted 11/19/2011 06:53 AM

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