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First Line: The spring returns! Not as a strange newcomer
Last Line: May rest, but gypsy-like fleets on for ever.
Subject(s): Beauty; Memory; Nature; Spring


THE spring returns! Not as a strange newcomer,
But an old friend, who, just before the summer,
Comes with glad tidings, smiles a rosy smile;
Yet, in her words and ways, in all her bearing,
She seems like one from some far outland faring,
That may but linger here a little while.

Then in the orchards, blossoms pink or pearly,
Apple or cherry trees are blooming early;
You glimpse the fresh-sprung grass the leaves between.
The birds begin their tentative, sweet speeches,
And all along the winding river reaches
The willows show a soft, ineffable green.

But yesterday, the woods were drear, to-morrow
They will have all forgot their winter sorrow,
The sap will run, the rigor pass away;
And in the open, all earth's simple creatures
Take heart of hope and don their sun-bright features,
While hill and hollow echo with their play.

And when spring flits, and fuller flush of splendor
Usurps the delicate hues and blushes tender,
Because proud summer mounts her throne again:
Then in the moments twilight-touched and tristful,
Memory will brood these dawns and evenings wistful,
The sad sweet mood of a young soul in pain:
Sweet for its beauty, sad, because it never
May rest, but gypsy-like fleets on for ever.





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