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Poem by Samuel Johnson


Spring


Stern Winter now, by Spring repress'd
Forbears the long-continued strife;
And Nature, on her naked breast,
Delights to catch the gales of life.

Now o'er the rural kingdom roves,
Soft pleasures with her laughing train,
Love warbles in the vocal groves,
And vegetation plants the plain.

Unhappy! whom to beds of pain
Arthritic tyranny consigns;
Whom smiling Nature courts in vain,
Though rapture sings and beauty shines.

Yet though my limbs disease invades,
Her wings imagination tries,
And bears me to the peaceful shades,
Where ---- 's humble turrets rise.

Here let me through the vales pursue,
A guide - a father - and a friend,
Once more great Nature's works renew,
Once more on Wisdom's voice attend.

From false caresses, causeless strife,
Wild hope, vain fear, alike removed;
Here let me learn the use of life,
When best enjoy'd - when most improved.

Teach me, thou venerable bower,
Cool meditation's quiet seat,
The generous scorn of venal power,
The silent grandeur of retreat.

When pride by guilt to greatness climbs,
Or raging factions rush to war,
Here let me learn to shun the crimes
I can't prevent and will not share.

But lest I fall by subtler foes,
Bright wisdom teach me Curio's art,
The swelling passions to compose,
And quell the rebels of the heart. 



Samuel Johnson

Poem Theme: Spring

Samuel Johnson's other poems:
  1. To Myrtilis - The New Year's Offering
  2. On Hearing Miss Thrale Consulting with a Friend About a Gown and Hat
  3. Parody of a Translation from the Medea of Euripides
  4. Drury-Lane Prologue Spoken By Mr. Garrick
  5. On Lyce - An Elderly Lady


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Alfred Tennyson Spring ("Birds' love and birds' song")
  • 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")
  • John Lapraik Spring ("THOU goddess of the blooming Spring")

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