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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
Extracts from Hallelujah: For Summer Time
By George Wither (1588–1667)
1  NOW the glories of the year
  May be viewed at the best,
  And the earth doth now appear
  In her fairest garments dress’d:
    Sweetly smelling plants and flowers        5
    Do perfume the garden bowers;
  Hill and valley, wood and field,
  Mixed with pleasure profits yield.
2  Much is found where nothing was,
  Herds on every mountain go,        10
  In the meadows flowery grass
  Makes both milk and honey flow;
    Now each orchard banquets giveth,
    Every hedge with fruit relieveth;
  And on every shrub and tree        15
  Useful fruits or berries be.
3  Walks and ways which winter marr’d
  By the winds are swept and dried;
  Moorish grounds are now so hard
  That on them we safe may ride:        20
    Warmth enough the sun doth lend us,
    From his heat the shades defend us;
  And thereby we share in these
  Safety, profit, pleasure, ease.
4  Other blessings, many more,        25
  At this time enjoyed may be,
  And in this my song therefore
  Praise I give, O Lord! to Thee:
    Grant that this my free oblation
    May have gracious acceptation,        30
  And that I may well employ
  Everything which I enjoy.

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