Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SONG-TIME, by THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH



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First Line: From out the blossomed cherry-tops
Last Line: With empty heart and silent tongue.
Subject(s): Spring; Autumn; Aging; Fall


FROM out the blossomed cherry-tops
Sing, blithesome robin, chant and sing;
With chirp, and trill, and magic-stops
Win thou the listening ear of Spring!

For while thou lingerest in delight,
An idle poet, with thy rhyme,
The summer hours will take their flight
And leave thee in a barren clime.

Not all the autumn's rustling gold,
Nor sun, nor moon, nor star shall bring
The jocund spirit which of old
Made it an easy joy to sing!

So said a poet -- having lost
The precious time when he was young --
Now wandering by the wintry coast
With empty heart and silent tongue.





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