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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
The Seasons of the Gods
By Albert Ernest Stafford Smythe (1861–1947)
I SAT with May upon a midnight hill
  Wrapped in a dusk of unremembered years
  And thought on buried April—on the tears
And shrouds of March, and Youth’s dead daffodil
All withered on a mound of Spring. And still        5
  The earth moved sweetly in her sleep, the Spheres
  Wrought peace about her path, and for her ears
Chimed the high music of their blended will.
The God who dreamed the Earth, as I this frame
  That makes me thrall to death and coward of birth—        10
  Dreamed He not March below some vanished Moon—
Under an earlier Heaven’s auroral flame
  The cosmic April flowering into mirth
  Of May and joy of Universal June?

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