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The sweet song died, and a vague unrest 10 And a nameless longing filled her breast,

A wish, that she hardly dared to own,
For something better than she had known.

The Judge rode slowly down the lane,
Smoothing his horse's chestnut mane.

15 Ile drew his bridle in the shade

Of the apple-trees, to greet the maid,

And asked a draught from the spring that flowed
Through the meadow across the road.

She stooped where the cool spring bubbled up, 20 And filled for him her small tin cup,

And blushed as she gave it, looking down
On her feet so bare, and her tattered gown.

“ Thanks!” said the Judge; “ a sweeter draught From a fairer hand was never quaffed.”

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25 He spoke of the grass and flowers and trees,

Of the singing birds and the humming bees;

Then talked of the haying, and wondered whether
The cloud in the west would bring foul weather.

And Maud forgot her brier-torn gown, 30 And her graceful ankles bare and brown;

And listened, while a pleased surprise
Looked from her long-lashed hazel eyes.

At last. like one who for delay
Seeks a vain excuse, he rode away.

35 Daud Muller looked and sighed: “Ah me!

That I the Judge's bride might be!

• He would dress me up in silks so fine,
And praise and toast me at his wine.

“My father should wear a broadcloth coat 40 My brother should sail a painted boat.

“I'd dress my mother so grand and gay,
And the baby should have a new toy each day.

" And I'd feed the hungry and clothe the poor, And all should bless me who left our door."

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45 The Judge looked back as he climbed the hill,

And saw Maud Muller standing still.

“ A form more fair, a face more sweet,
Ne'er hath it been my lot to meet.

" And her modest answer and graceful air 50 Sbow her wise and good as she is fair.

“ Would she were mine, and I to-day,
Like her, a harvester of hay:

". No doubtful balance of rights and wrongs, Nor weary lawyers with endless tongues,

55 “ But low of cattle and song of birds,

And health and quiet and loving words."

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