|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|So forth issued the seasons of the year:|
First, lusty Spring all dight in leaves of flowers,
That freshly budded and new blooms did bear,
In which a thousand birds had built their bowers,
That sweetly sung to call forth paramours.
Spenser.The Fairy Queen, Book VI. On Mutability, Canto VII. Stanza 28.
|Next came the loveliest pair in all the ring,|
Sweet female Beauty hand in hand with Spring.
Burns.Brigs of Ayr.
| The spring, the summer,|
The childing autumn, angry winter, change
Their wonted liveries.
Shakespeare.Midsummer Nights Dream, Act II. Scene 1. (Titania to Oberon.)
|Spring hangs her infant blossoms on the trees,|
Rockd in the cradle of the western breeze.
Cowper.Tirocinium, Line 43.
|But when shall Spring visit the mouldering urn?|
O when shall it dawn on the night of the grave?
Beattie.The Hermit, Verse 4.