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Poem by John Payne


June


THE empress of the year, the meadows' queen,
Back from the East, with all her goodly train,
Is come, to glorify the world again
With length of light and middle Summer-Sheen.
In every plot, upon her throne of green,
Bright blooms the rose; with birds and blossom-rain
And perfume ecstacied are wood and plain
And Winter is as if it ne'er had been.
Oh June, liege-lady of the flowering prime,
Now that thrush, finch, lark, linnet, ousel, wren
Thy praises pipe, to the Iranian bard
How shall we harken, who, the highwaymen
Autumn and Winter, warns us, follow hard
On thy fair feet and bide their baleful time?



John Payne

Poem Theme: Summer

John Payne's other poems:
  1. The Foredawn Hour
  2. September
  3. October
  4. July
  5. August


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • John Clare June ("Now summer is in flower and natures hum")
  • Francis Ledwidge June ("Broom out the floor now, lay the fender by")
  • William Bryant June ("I gazed upon the glorious sky")
  • Madison Cawein June ("Hotly burns the amaryllis")
  • Archibald Lampman June ("Long, long ago, it seems, this summer morn")
  • Amy Levy June ("Last June I saw your face three times")
  • Edgar Guest June ("June is here, the month of roses, month of brides and month of bees")

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