The Vagrant of Time

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—
 
     "Death's in defeat,
          And Love is Lord."