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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Song, Inviting the Influence of a Young Lady upon the Opening Year
By Hilaire Belloc (1870–1953)
 
YOU wear the morning like your dress
And are with mastery crown’d;
When as you walk your loveliness
Goes shining all around:
Upon your secret, smiling way        5
Such new contents were found,
The Dancing Loves made holiday
On that delightful ground.
 
Then summon April forth, and send
Commandment through the flowers;        10
About our woods your grace extend,
A queen of careless hours.
For O! not Vera veil’d in rain,
Nor Dian’s sacred Ring,
With all her royal nymphs in train        15
Could so lead on the Spring.
 
 
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