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GREEK SPRING; MARCH, ATHENS, 1913, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Rainbows, rainbows! O fantastic vision
Last Line: Or is it the snows again?
Subject(s): Greece; Hope; Rainbows; Spring; Winter; Greeks; Optimism


RAINBOWS, rainbows! O fantastic vision,
Colours in the clouds and sunlight on the rain,
Birds from winter seas, flowers across the plain,
And all the year a-tremble with a sweet and vague decision!
Is it spring, is it spring, dear heart?
Will the swallow be here, my heart?
Or is it the snows again?

Oh, the past, the past! There is winter in all of us now,
The cold of a million years;
The snow's in our heart and the frost's on our brow
And the ice in our tears;
But still we possess it, the old fantastic vision
With its colours in the clouds and its sunlight on the rain,
With its thoughts like birds across the storm
And its songs like April gardens warm
In the heat of a southern plain.
Now all my soul is trembling with a sweet and vague decision;
Is it spring, is it spring, dear heart?
Will the singing birds be here, my heart?
Or is it the snows again?





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