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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
I. June
1. “Come with thy rose-wreaths, fair and laughing June!”
By Mrs. Mary Noel McDonald
Succession of Sonnets 1

COME with thy rose-wreaths, fair and laughing June!
  Fling thy rich odors upon every gale;
Bid the blue waters wake their blithest tune,
  And joy and light and melody prevail.
Thou hast a store of treasures, and with thee        5
  We look for all things lovely: butterflies
  Flit like winged jewels ’neath thy sunny skies;
And roam, with tones of music, bird, and bee.
Thou art the loveliest of the sisters three,—
  Summer’s most beauteous child! O, still delay,        10
  Fairest of months! thy parting; fondly stay,
And pour thy radiant smiles on lake and lea;
  Bear not from earth thy blessed gifts so soon;
  Stay, stay thy flight, O fair and laughing June!
Note 1. Published in 1844, at New York. Mrs. McDonald has since married Mr. Henry Meigs. [back]

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