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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
II. A Vernal Thought
By Mrs. Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1793–1835)
O FESTAL Spring! ’midst thy victorious glow,
Far-spreading o’er the kindled woods and plains,
And streams that bound to meet thee from thy chains,
Well might there lurk the shadow of a woe
For human hearts, and in the exulting flow        5
Of thy rich songs a melancholy tone,
Were we of mould all earthly; we alone,
Severed from thy great spell, and doomed to go
Farther, still farther, from our sunny time,
Never to feel the breathings of our prime,        10
Never to flower again!—But we, O Spring!
Cheered by deep whispers not of earth,
Press to the regions of thy heavenly birth,
As here thy flowers and birds press on to bloom and sing.

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