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Poem by Janet Hamilton


Fairy Spring, in kirtle green,
Stealing through the woods, is seen
Gliding o'er the freshening meadow
Bright with sunshine, dim with shadow,
Smiling on the lambkins skipping-
Children through the green lanes tripping.
High o'er head, on quivering wings,
The lark his jubilant anthem sings,
And thousand swelling feather'd throats
Are warbling clear their amorous notes.
Now with gentle hand she raises
From the sod her infant daisies,
Bids her sleeping violets rise,
Kissing fond their dewy eyes;
Scented buds of golden yellow,
Honey sweet adorn the willow,
And the drooping hyacinth bells
Tint with heaven's own blue the dells,
Where the primrose lurks below
Snowy sheets of blossomed sloe.
Treading slow the bramble brake,
Curled and coiled like sleeping snake,
The curious botanist discerns
The dark brown youngling's of the ferns;
From flowers of 'Araba,' the blest,
Ne'er were sweeter odours pressed
Than budding birch and sweetbriar shed
On thy radiant youthful head.
Virgin Spring! then come again;
We hail thine advent, bless thy reign;
Come with airs soft, genial, calm,
Shedding flowers and breathing balm:
May human labour, human love,
And gentle peace thy reign approve. 

Janet Hamilton

Poem Theme: Spring

Janet Hamilton's other poems:
  1. A Phase of the War in America, 1864
  2. To William Logan
  3. Address to Garibaldi in His Retirement at Caprera, 1868
  4. Night Phases of Drunkenness
  5. Duleep Singh

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")
  • 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")
  • Lola Ridge Spring ("A spring wind on the Bowery")

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