The Sweet o' the Year and Other Poems

by Charles G.D. Roberts


 

THE SWEET O' THE YEAR


 

THE UPLAND hills are green again;
The river runs serene again;
   All down the miles
   Of orchard aisles
The pink-lip blooms are seen again;
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   To garden close
     And dooryard plot
   Come back the rose
     And bergamot.

The ardent blue leans near again;

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The far-flown swallow is here again;
   To his thorn-bush
   Returns the thrush,
And the painted-wings appear again.
   In young surprise
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     The meadows run
   All starry eyes
     To meet the sun.

Warm runs young blood in the veins again,
And warm loves flood in the rains again.

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   Earth, all aflush
   With the fecund rush,
To her Heart’s Desire attains again;
   While stars outbeat
     The exultant word—
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   "Death’s in defeat,
     And Love is Lord."