“A Saxon Song” by Vita Sackville-West

A Saxon Song

       Tools with the comely names,
       Mattock and scythe and spade,
       Couth and Bitter as flames,
       Clean, and bowed in the blade,—
A man and his tools make a man and his trade.

       Breadth of the English shires,
       Hummock and kame and mead,
       Tang of the reeking byres,
       Land of the English breed,—
A man and his land make a man and his creed.

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Vita Sackville-West's poem "A Saxon Song" was published in Georgian Poetry, 1920-1922. To read the poem in full in a digitized version of this publication, follow the link below: