In ages gone the reaper gave his grain,
The first-fruits of the harvest, full or mean,
In gratitude for gifts that his had been,
An offering at the Giver’s holy fane.
So here, my Mother: Though I should attain
To aught or naught, I bring thee what between
Its birth and second birth a mind has seen —
The first-fruits of the crop I hope to gain.
William Blocksidge, Songs o’ the South, London: Watts, 1908, p. vi
All of the text of this poem was printed in italics.
aught = anything; anything at all, anything whatsoever
fane = a church or temple
Giver = in a religious context, and capitalized, a reference to God
naught = nothing; zero; failure, without result; lost, ruined (older meanings are: ruined, useless, worthless; morally bad, wicked)
thee = (archaic) you