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First Line: Sweetly breathing, vernal air
Last Line: To bind him an iron chain.
Subject(s): Spring


SWEETLY breathing, vernal air.
That with kind warmth doth repair
Winter's ruins; from whose breast
All the gums and spice of the East
Borrow their perfumes; whose eye
Gilds the morn, and clears the sky.
Whose dishevelled tresses shed
Pearls upon the violet bed;
On whose brow, with calm smiles drest
The halcyon sits and builds he nest;
Beauty, youth, and endless spring
Dwell upon they rosy wing!
Thou, if stormy Boreas throws
Down whole forests when he blows,
With a pregnant, flowery birth,
Canst refresh the teeming earth.
If he nip the early bud,
If he blast what's fair or good,
If he scatter our choice flowers,
If he shake our halls or bowers,
If his rude breath threaten us,
Thou canst stroke great AEolus,
And from his the grace obtain,
To bind him an iron chain.




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