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First Line: Mild hearts! And modest as the evening bell
Last Line: Shall join with you and hear may-morning chime.
Alternate Author Name(s): Blunden, Edmund
Subject(s): Landscape; Poetry & Poets; Warton, Joseph (1722-1800); Warton, Thomas (1728-1790)


MILD hearts! and modest as the evening bell
That rings so often through your meadow rhyme,
May there be elms and belfries where you dwell,
And the last streaks of day still gild old time!

In the new heaven and true Jerusalem
Can such things be? That can they! where you rove
The glow-worm shall not hide his elvish gem,
The owl with ghostly wing shall tour the grove.

And when the charms and fairies of the night
Are changed to sparkling dew and morning's choir,
Gazing the vale farms, from some sheep-strown height,
How will you welcome Phoebus' dancing fire!

On ancient arches shall your primrose peep,
On diamond lattices your sunbeam play,
Across shy brooks your little peasants leap,
And peace and innocence divide the day.

Nor shall the shades of poets not be seen
Whom you have loved. Milton in his young prime,
Spenser and Chaucer on the daisied green
Shall join with you and hear May-morning chime.





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