|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|Hither rolls the storm of heat;|
I feel its finer billows beat
Like a sea which me infolds;
Heat with viewless fingers moulds,
Swells, and mellows, and matures,
Paints, and flavors, and allures,
Bird and brier inly warms,
Still enriches and transforms,
Gives the reed and lily length,
Adds to oak and oxen strength,
Transforming what it doth infold,
Life out of death, new out of old.
|Spring is strong and virtuous,|
Broad-sowing, cheerful, plenteous,
Quickening underneath the mould
Grains beyond the price of gold.
So deep and large her bounties are,
That one broad, long midsummer day
Shall to the planet over-pay
The ravage of a year of war.
|O fresh-lit dawn! immortal life!|
O earths betrothal, sweet and true!
Stedman.Betrothed Anew, Stanza 6.