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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
V. “Where lags my mistress while the drowsy year”
By George Henry Boker (1823–1890)
WHERE lags my mistress while the drowsy year
  Wakes into spring? Lo! Winter sweeps away
  His snowy skirts, and leaves the landscape gay
  With early verdure; and there ’s merry cheer
Among the violets, where the sun lies clear        5
  On the south hillsides; and at break of day
  I heard the bluebird busy at my ear;
  And swallows shape their nests of matted clay
Along the eaves, or dip their narrow wings
  Into the mists of evening. All the earth        10
  Stirs with the wonder of a coming birth,
And all the air with feathery music rings.
  Spring, it would crown thee with transcendent worth,
  To bring my love among thy beauteous things.

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