Contemporary Verse Volume 3

Contemporary Verse Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...beneath the snow, That all the world is waking? That in the sky a tender glow, Like a fairy gleam from the long ago, Over the clouds so chill and grey, Over the hills is breaking? That the birds are singing the livelong day? That fresh, green shoots from the sod are peeping? That the sun is laughing, hot and gay, While you lie sleeping? O do you hear The sap's mad song of joy and cheer? The call of love is in the air, And heavy, heavy, everywhere, The languor of delight to come, Hangs dreamily--The South winds now are beginning to roam, And youth to the lure of youth is leaping, And Spring is aglow in every eye, While you lie sleeping. 0 Spring, for all your witchery and fire, I fear you are but a smooth-tongued liar, And all your mad appeal to ear and eye, A strange, sweet mockery. You whisper: "Lo the flowers are born a-new, And joy hath triumphed o'er the winter's pain, Bathed in the freshness of the morning dew, Your love will come again." But when I call, Over the garden wall Your myriad voice floats like a sad refrain: "Not we the flowers that lay upon her breast, Not we the birds that sang her to her rest, Forever those flowers are faded, and those birds are flown. And like frail petals on the waters stfewn, Your love is gone. "Gone with the ecstasy That swept you heavenward dancing, Gone with the moonlight glancing Upon her face beneath the aspen tree: Gone like an ended story; Gone with the star that fell that night. No more on high to burn, Quenched of its radiant light, Gone with its glory, Never to return." O do you know, Lying so still beneath the snow, That I am sad? The river's shimmer Beneath the sun's soft kiss, The glitter and the glimmer And splendor of this spring day's bliss Can never make more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236966112
  • 9781236966117