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First Line: Now spring appears, with beauty crown'd
Last Line: And breathe the air of heaven, with me.
Alternate Author Name(s): Betham, Mary Matilda; Edwards, Matilda B.; Edwards, B. M.
Subject(s): Spring

NOW spring appears, with beauty crowned,
And all is light and life around,
Why comes not Jane? When friendship calls,
Why leaves she not Augusta's walls?
Where cooling zephyrs faintly blow,
Nor spread the cheering, healthful glow,
That glides through each awakened vein,
As skimming over the spacious plain,
We look around with joyous eye,
And view no boundaries but the sky.

Already April's reign is over,
Her evening tints delight no more;
No more the violet scents the gale,
No more the mist overspreads the vale;
The lovely queen of smiles and tears,
Who gave thee birth, no more appears;
But blushing May, with brow serene,
And vestments of a livelier green,
Commands the winged choir to sing,
And with wild notes the meadows ring.

O come! ere all the train is gone,
No more to hail thy twenty-one;
That age which higher honor shares,
And well becomes the wreath it wears.
From lassitude and cities flee,
And breathe the air of heaven, with me.

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