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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. I. Early Poetry: Chaucer to Donne
Description of Spring
By Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517–1547)
[Wherein each thing renews, save only the lover]

THE SOOTE season, that bud and bloom forth brings,
With green hath clad the hill, and eke the vale.
The nightingale with feathers new she sings;
The turtle to her make 1 hath told her tale.
Summer is come, for every spray now springs,        5
The hart hath hung his old head on the pale;
The buck in brake his winter coat he slings;
The fishes flete with new repaired scale;
The adder all her slough away she slings;
The swift swallow pursueth the flies smale;        10
The busy bee her honey now she mings; 2
Winter is worn that was the flowers’ bale.
  And thus I see among these pleasant things
  Each care decays, and yet my sorrow springs!
Note 1. mate. [back]
Note 2. mingles. [back]

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