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TO FRANCIS JAMMES, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis april again in my garden, again the grey stone-wall
Last Line: And the ancestor dead long ago in domingo or guadaloupe.
Alternate Author Name(s): Bridges, Robert+(2)
Subject(s): Jammes, Francis (1868-1938)

"TIS April again in my garden, again the grey stone-wall
Is prankt with yellow alyssum and lilac aubrey-cresses;
Half-hidden the mavis caroleth in the tassely birchen tresses
And awhile on the sunny air a cuckoo tuneth his call:
Now cometh to mind a singer whom country joys enthral,
Francis Jammes, so grippeth him Nature in her caresses
She hath steep'd his throat in the honey'd air of her wildernesses
With beauty that countervails the Lutetian therewithal.

You are here in spirit, dear poet, and bring a motley group,
Your friends, afore you sat stitching your heavenly trousseau—
The courteous old road-mender, the queer Jean Jacques Rousseau,
Columbus, Confucius, all to my English garden they troop,
Under his goatskin umbrella the provident Robinson Crusoe,
And the ancestor dead long ago in Domingo or Guadaloupe.

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