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Jim Clark: Music

The Stay-at-Home

(Jim Clark)
November 22, 2010
Words: Byron Herbert Reece/Music: Jim Clark

Reece made it clear in his letters and other writings that it was very difficult for him to balance his time and energy between farming and his literary career.  I've always thought of this as his credo.

 

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The Stay-at-Home

 

 

The fields of Hughly held him,

The land where he was born.

With fence to mend and cows to tend

And care of wheat and corn

He had no lief to wander

Beyond his place of birth,

But often he would ponder

The luring lands of earth.

 

He loved the fields of Hughly

And every hill that stood

To bind him in with other men

Like him in bone and blood,

Who often thought of going

But had the will to stay

And turn them to their hoeing

When cocks crew up the day.

 

Yet as the gypsy-hearted

Hearken when distance sings,

The sounds he most regarded

Were all of passing things:
Swift waters flowing,

Winds to westward blowing,

Footsteps outward going

And wild, wandering wings.