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First Line: When spring's sweet life is young and fair
Last Line: That touches mine.
Subject(s): Nature

WHEN Spring's sweet life is young and fair,
While fields are green and woods are gay;
When apple blossom scents the air,
And sheds its beauty o'er the way;
When snow-white clouds are sailing slow
Across the sapphire depths of space,
And make alternate gloom and glow
On earth's fair face:

What potent charm doth permeate
All things around me, great and small;
The forest monarchs, high in state --
The mosses on the mouldering wall;
The flowery carpet of the green,
Inwrought in Nature's wondrous loom,
With fretted lights of sunny sheen,
And tender gloom?

What stirs the life-blood of the oak,
When Winter's freezing days are flown,
To from its naked boughs evoke
The curly leaves of ruddy brown?
The sycamores that proudly tower
Burst into leaf beneath its sway,
Nor can the ash befool its power
By long delay.

O, sweet the light of forest glades
In the first flush of Summer's green;
The fanning breeze, the waving shades,
The glints of sunny light between;
That gladdens all the vista'd scope,
And breathes a peace that seems divine --
A spirit full of life and hope
That touches mine.

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