Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. IX. Tragedy: Humor
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IX. Tragedy: Humor.  1904.
Humorous Poems: IV. Ingenuities: Oddities
The Lawyer’s Invocation to Spring
Henry Howard Brownell (1820–1872)
WHEREAS, on certain boughs and sprays
  Now divers birds are heard to sing,
And sundry flowers their heads upraise,
  Hail to the coming on of spring!
The songs of those said birds arouse        5
  The memory of our youthful hours,
As green as those said sprays and boughs,
  As fresh and sweet as those said flowers.
The birds aforesaid,—happy pairs,—
  Love, mid the aforesaid boughs, inshrines        10
In freehold nests; themselves, their heirs,
  Administrators, and assigns.
O busiest term of Cupid’s Court,
  Where tender plaintiffs actions bring,—
Season of frolic and of sport,        15
  Hail, as aforesaid, coming spring!

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