Nonfiction > E.C. Stedman & E.M. Hutchinson, eds. > A Library of American Literature > 1861–1889
Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
The Coming of the Spring
By Nora Perry (1831–1896)
THERE’S something in the air
That’s new and sweet and rare—
A scent of summer things,
A whir as if of wings.
There’s something, too, that’s new        5
In the color of the blue
That’s in the morning sky,
Before the sun is high.
And though, on plain and hill,
’Tis winter, winter still,        10
There’s something seems to say
That winter’s had its day.
And all this changing tint,
This whispering stir, and hint
Of bud and bloom and wing,        15
Is the coming of the spring.
And to-morrow or to-day
The brooks will break away
From their icy, frozen sleep,
And run and laugh and leap!        20
And the next thing, in the woods,
The catkins in their hoods
Of fur and silk will stand,
A sturdy little band.
And the tassels soft and fine        25
Of the hazel will untwine,
And the elder-branches show
Their buds against the snow.
So, silently but swift,
Above the wintry drift,        30
The long days gain and gain,
Until, on hill and plain,
Once more and yet once more
Returning as before,
We see the bloom of birth        35
Make young again the earth.

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