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J. C. Squire, ed.  A Book of Women’s Verse.  1921.
Song: “The Winter being over”
By Ann Collins (c. 1650)
THE WINTER being over,
  In order comes the Spring,
Which doth green herbs discover,
  And cause the birds to sing.
The night also expirèd,        5
  Then comes the morning bright,
Which is so much desirèd
  By all that love the light.
    This may learn
    Them that mourn,        10
  To put their grief to flight:
The Spring succeedeth Winter,
  And day must follow night.
He therefore that sustaineth
  Affliction or distress,        15
Which every member paineth,
  And findeth no release:
Let such therefore despair not,
  But on firm hope depend,
Whose griefs immortal are not,        20
  And therefore must have end.
    They that faint
    With complaint
  Therefore are to blame:
They add to their afflictions,        25
  And amplify the same.

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