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Poem by Edward Thomas
That's the cuckoo, you say. I cannot hear it. When last I heard it I cannot recall; but I know Too well the year when first I failed to hear it - It was drowned by my man groaning out to his sheep 'Ho! Ho!' Ten times with an angry voice he shouted 'Ho! Ho!' but not in anger, for that was his way. He died that Summer, and that is how I remember The cuckoo calling, the children listening, and me saying 'Nay'. And now, as you said, 'There it is', I was hearing Not the cuckoo at all, but my man's 'Ho! Ho!' instead. And I think that even if I could lose my deafness The cuckoo's note would be drowned by the voice of my dead.
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