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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
IV. On the Arrival of Spring
By George James De Wilde
NOW is the young Spring with us: her blue eyes
  And sunny smile come flushing through the tears
  Rude March hath startled from her; for she hears
  The gentle footfall and the wooing sighs
Of coming April, nor to him denies        5
  (Sweet task!) the soothing of her virgin fears.
  More balmy and more balmy, as he nears,
  Her breath becomes; more sunny bright her eyes.
And now to live!—now to arouse and shake
  The wintry torpor from the spirit,—now        10
  To see the early Sun from slumber wake,
And bathe in moonshine the uplifted brow;
  To shame dull Winter,—time for work,—yet take
  Much holiday for art’s and friendship’s sake.

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