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SONG, FR. A VISION OF GIORGIONE: GEMMA'S SPRING SONG, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ladies, dawn creeps down the valley
Last Line: From their shadowy hearts again?
Subject(s): Spring


LADIES, dawn creeps down the valley;
Listen to the laughing girls
As a-Maying forth they sally
Hid by orchard blossom-whirls.
Slowly swirls
All our vesture, starred with each bloom;
Come, the young breeze flings us peach-bloom
And our kiss-tossed tresses curls.

'Ware! Costanza seeks to pelt you
With the dripping May-bloom sprays;
Lo, the wind of petals dealt you
Hair and bosom overlays.
Days on days
Will the hedgerows wane and whiten,
Flush and fade and throb and lighten
Down the white wet meadow-ways.

Liperata has a lover --
Leave her loitering shyly thus
Where the river-mists yet hover
And narcissus dimly blows.
Wait for us,
Little lover, till, returning,
Bring we jonquils jewel-burning,
Shoots of golden cytisus.

Reap for garlands as we wander
Cerule-circling cyclamen:
Almonded with oleander
Soon we'll dance deep Summer in.
When, ah, when
Will the sleepy roses waken
And slow dew each morn be shaken
From their shadowy hearts again?





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