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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
Extracts from May Carols: ‘A sudden sun-burst in the woods’
By Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814–1902)
III. 4

A SUDDEN sun-burst in the woods
  But late sad Winter’s palace dim!
O’er quickening boughs and bursting buds
  Pacific glories shoot and swim.
As when some heart, grief-darkened long,        5
  Conclusive joy by force invades,
So swift the new-born splendours throng;
  Such lustre swallows up the shades.
The sun we see not; but his fires
  From stem to stem obliquely smite        10
Till all the forest aisle respires
  The golden-tongued and myriad light:
The caverns blacken as their brows
  With floral fire are fringed: but all
Yon sombre vault of meeting boughs        15
  Turns to a golden fleece its pall,
As o’er it breeze-like music rolls:
  O Spring, thy limit-line is crossed!
O Earth, some orb of singing Souls
  Brings down to thee thy Pentecost!        20

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