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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
II. Spring Thoughts
By Aubrey de Vere (1814–1902)
WHO feels not, when the Spring once more
  Stepping o’er Winter’s grave forlorn
With winged feet, retreads the shore
  Of widowed earth, his bosom burn?
As ordered flower succeeds to flower,        5
  And May the ladder of her sweets
Ascends, advancing hour by hour
  From scale to scale, what heart but beats?
Some Presence veiled, in fields and groves,
  That mingles rapture with remorse;        10
Some buried joy beside us moves,
  And thrills the soul with such discourse
As they, perchance, that wondering pair
  Who to Emmaus bent their way,
Hearing, heard not. Like them our prayer        15
  We make—“The night is near us—Stay!”
With Paschal chants the churches ring:
  Their echoes strike along the tombs:
The birds their hallelujahs sing:
  Each flower with floral incense fumes.        20
Our long-lost Eden seems restored;
  As on we move with tearful eyes
We feel through all the illumined sward
  Some upward-working Paradise.

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