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First Line: April, when I heard
Last Line: I am one with your first primrose or the shining daffodil!
Subject(s): April


APRIL, when I heard
Your lyrical low word,
And when upon the hawthorn hedge your first white blossoms stirred,

Something strangely came --
Something I cannot name --
And touched my heart, and cleansed my soul with a reviving flame.

When the yellow gleam
Of your hosts that stream --
Jonquil, buttercup, and crocus -- made the world a golden dream,

Something, April, said
To my heart that bled --
Bled with old remembrance -- "Lo! the grief-strewn days are fled!"

Sursum corda! Now,
When blooms the apple-bough,
April, of your pity, let your light rain kiss my brow;

Heal me, if you will;
Bathe my heart until
I am one with your first primrose or the shining daffodil!





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