Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. V. Nature
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
III. The Seasons
A Song of Seasons
Elizabeth Roberts MacDonald (1864–1922)
SING a song of Spring-time!
    Catkins by the brook,
Adders-tongues uncounted,
    Ferns in every nook;
The cataract on the hillside        5
    Leaping like a fawn;
Sing a song of Spring-time,—
    Ah, but Spring-time ’s gone!
Sing a song of Summer!
    Flowers among the grass,        10
Clouds like fairy frigates,
    Pools like looking-glass,
Moonlight through the branches,
    Voices on the lawn;
Sing a song of Summer,—        15
    Ah, but Summer ’s gone!
Sing a song of Autumn!
    Grain in golden sheaves,
Woodbine’s crimson clusters
    Round the cottage eaves,        20
Days of crystal clearness,
    Frosted fields at dawn;
Sing a song of Autumn,—
    Ah, but Autumn ’s gone!
Sing a song of Winter!        25
    North-wind’s bitter chill,
Home and ruddy firelight,
    Kindness and good-will,
Hemlock in the churches,
    Daytime soon withdrawn;        30
Sing a song of Winter,—
    Ah, but Winter ’s gone!
Sing a song of loving!
    Let the seasons go;
Hearts can make their gardens        35
    Under sun or snow;
Fear no fading blossom,
    Nor the dying day;
Sing a song of loving,—
    That will last for aye!        40

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