#JohnClareFriday no 1

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from The Shepherds Calendar
from March

March, month of ‘many weathers’ wildly comes
In hail and snow and rain and threatening hums
And floods – while often at his cottage door
The shepherds stand to hear the distant roar
Loosed from the rushing mills and river-locks
With thundering sound and overpowering shocks.
From bank to bank along the meadow lea
The river spreads and shines a little sea,
While in the pale sunlight a watery brood
Of swopping white birds flock about the flood.

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Eastern Angles new play The Long Life and Great Good Fortune of John Clare tours until May 18th. It plays Beccles tonight, Harkstead on Saturday, Brightlingsea on Tuesday 19th, Crowfield on Wednesday 20th, Sherringham on Thursday 21st, Dedham on Friday 22nd and Sibton on the 23rd March. More booking details here

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