BETA

Multiple figures stand in and around a creek. A man and a woman stand in the foreground; the woman stands to the right of the creek while the man stands on two rocks in the water. Two figures in the background hold onto sheep. Trees line the horizon, and the creek extends from the centre of these trees. 1/4 page illustration partially contained within a double-ruled border. The word “MAY” is superimposed onto an ornamental banner, which is decorated with flowers, and extends from the top-right corner.

The Shearing at the
Stepping Stones.

O you brooklet brown and clear,1
Do you know ?  did you hear ?2
You among your ſpearmints, ſedges,3
Stepping-stones with rounded edges,4
Singing ſoftly as you go,5
Did you hear ?  do you know ?6
My rough hands out ſtretched to ſhear,7
Do you know ?  did you hear ?8
Shook above ye ſnow-white fleeces9
Lying round in ragged pieces10
When I heard her accents low11
Did you hear ?  do you know ?12
Trembling then ’twixt love and fear,13
Do you know ?  did you hear ?14
While the clean-clipt ewe went bleating15
I for joy of ſuch a meeting16
Let my fooliſh words forth flow.17
Did you hear ?  do you know ?18
Yes, I claſped her hand, my Dear !19
Do you know ?  did you hear ?20
Saw you ſomething ſweet betiding,21
When ſtrong hands ſmall ſteps were guiding22
Gently o’er your glaſſy flow ?23
Did you hear ?  do you know ?24