Later Poems

by Bliss Carman


Now is the Time of Year


NOW is the time of year
When all the flutes begin,—
The redwing bold and clear,
The rainbird far and thin.

In all the waking lands

There’s not a wilding thing
But knows and understands
The burden of the spring.

Now every voice alive
By rocky wood and stream

Is lifted to revive
The ecstasy, the dream.

For Nature, never old,
But busy as of yore,
From sun and rain and mould

Is making spring once more.

She sounds her magic note
By river-marge and hill,
And every woodland throat
Re-echoes with a thrill.


O mother of our days,
Hearing thy music call,
Teach us to know thy ways
And fear no more at all!