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Poem by John Lapraik


Spring


THOU goddess of the blooming Spring
	Inspire my languid lays:
Come, rouse me up from sloth and supine,
	And bid me found thy praise.

The Winters freezing power is gone;
	The trees, with verdure green,
And blooming flowrs, all deck the plain,
	Most pleasant to be seen.

The songsters, warbling through their throats,
	Invite the nymphs all round,
To join and chant their sprightly notes,
	Which make a joyful sound.

Bright Phoebus, with his warmth divine,
	Inspires all things with joy:
The grapes appear upon the vine,
	Which charm the gazing eye.

The balmy Zephyrs, breathing round,
	Deck flowrs in various hues;
Though Winters cold had laid them low,
	Kind Spring their bloom renews.

The lowing cattle, from the stalls,
	Do range the fields all around,
Well pleasd to taste the tender herb
	Of late not to be found.

The bleating flocks are featterd wide
	Upon the sunny hills;
The frisking lambs do sport and play
	Beside the trickling rills.

The Lark, high soaring in the air,
	Her grateful song does sing;
And welcomes, with her early notes,
	The all-reviving Spring.

The whistling Ploughman, cheerful, goes
	Forth with his harnessd steeds,
With songs deceives the toilsome day,
	Preparing for the feeds.

All Nature wantons in her prime,
	Theres nought but joy around;
Each creature tunes its grateful song,
	Till echoing hills resound.

Oh Man! reflect, be wise in time!
	Improve each passing year!
Though Spring stern Winter does succeed,
	Thine goes neer more t appear!

Time soon dissolves the human dream,
	And brings the languid hour;
We soon are not what now we seem,
	Our stength has lost its powr!

Blest is that man, who fixes firm
	His hopes beyond the skies,
Where frowning Winter neer can vex,
	But endless Spring there lies!



John Lapraik

Poem Theme: Spring

John Lapraik's other poems:
  1. The Devils Answer to the Poets Address
  2. An Empty Pocket Easily Known
  3. Epistle to R****t B***s
  4. When I Upon Thy Bosom Lean
  5. Harvest


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Alfred Tennyson Spring ("Birds' love and birds' song")
  • Samuel Johnson Spring ("Stern Winter now, by Spring repress'd")
  • Christina Rossetti Spring ("Frost-locked all the winter")
  • Gerard Hopkins Spring ("Nothing is so beautiful as spring")
  • William Morris Spring ("Spring am I, too soft of heart")
  • Isaac Rosenberg Spring ("I walk and wonder")
  • Andrew Lang Spring ("Now the bright crocus flames, and now")
  • Robert Anderson Spring ("The snow's dissolv'd, the chilly winter's fled")
  • Francis Ledwidge Spring ("Once more the lark with song and speed")
  • Thomas Nashe Spring ("Spring, the sweet Spring, is the year's pleasant king")
  • Janet Hamilton Spring ("Fairy Spring, in kirtle green")
  • Alfred Douglas Spring ("Wake up again, sad heart, wake up again!")
  • William Campbell Spring ("There dwells a spirit in the budding year")
  • Edna Millay Spring ("To what purpose, April, do you return again?")
  • James Percival Spring ("AGAIN the infant flowers of Spring")
  • Henry Timrod Spring ("Spring, with that nameless pathos in the air")

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