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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Song: ‘O Spirit of the Summer-time!’
By William Allingham (1824–1889)
 
From ‘Day and Night Songs’

O SPIRIT of the Summer-time!
  Bring back the roses to the dells;
The swallow from her distant clime,
  The honey-bee from drowsy cells.
 
Bring back the friendship of the sun;        5
  The gilded evenings calm and late,
When weary children homeward run,
  And peeping stars bid lovers wait.
 
Bring back the singing; and the scent
  Of meadow-lands at dewy prime;        10
Oh, bring again my heart’s content,
  Thou Spirit of the Summer-time!
 
 
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