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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
I. Spring
By Aubrey de Vere (1814–1902)
ONCE more, through God’s high will and grace,
  Of hours that each its task fulfils,
Heart-healing Spring resumes its place
  The valley through, and scales the hills.
Who knows not Spring? who doubts when blows        5
  Her breath, that Spring is come indeed?
The swallow doubts not; nor the rose
  That stirs, but wakes not; nor the weed.
Once more the cuckoo’s call I hear;
  I know, in many a glen profound,        10
The earliest violets of the year
  Rise up like water from the ground.
The thorn, I know, once more is white;
  And far down many a forest dale,
The anemones in dubious light        15
  Are trembling like a bridal veil.
By streams released that surging flow
  From craggy shelf, through sylvan glades,
The pale narcissus, well I know,
  Smiles hour by hour on greener shades.        20
The honey’d cowslip tufts once more
  The golden slopes;—with gradual ray
The primrose stars the rock, and o’er
  The wood-path strews its milky way.
I see her not—I feel her near,        25
  As charioted in mildest airs
She sails through yon empyreal sphere,
  And in her arms and bosom bears
That urn of flowers, and lustral dews,
  Whose sacred balm, on all things shed,        30
Revives the weak, the old renews,
  And crowns with votive wreaths the dead.

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