sheeptrack

sheeptrack

(ˈʃiːpˌtræk)
n
(Physical Geography) a small natural terrace on a hillside
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Rude architect rich instincts natural taste Is thine by heritage--thy little mounds Bedecking furze clad heath & rushy waste Betraced with sheeptracks shine like pleasure grounds No rude inellegance thy work confounds But scenes of picturesque & beautiful Lye mid thy little hills of cushioned thyme On which the cow boy when his hands are full Of wild flowers leans upon his arm at rest As though his seat were feathers--when I climb Thy fragrant mounds I feel thy guest & hail neglect thy patron who contrives Waste spots for the[e] on natures quiet breast & taste loves best where thy still labour thrives (MP 4:294-95, 1-14) The speaker apostrophizes the mole, which, due to its underground existence, can only be discerned through its molehills, the marks of its labor.
"Its only bondage was the circling sky" John Clare at Home in Helpston I grew so much into the quiet love of nature's preserves that I was never easy but when I was in the fields passing my sabbaths and leisure with the shepherds & herdboys as fancys prompted sometimes playing at marbles on the smooth-beaten sheeptracks or leapfrog among the thymy molehills sometimes running among the corn to get the red & blue flowers for cockades to play at soldiers or running into the woods to hunt strawberries or stealing peas in churchtime when the owners were safe to boil at the gypseys fire who went half-shares at our stolen luxury we heard the bells chime but the field was our church