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Full text of "New Poems And Variant Readings"

94               STEVENSON'S POEMS
SPRING CAROL
WHEN loud by landside streamlets gush* And clear in the greenwood quires the thrush, With sun on the meadows And songs in the shadows Comes again to me The gift of the tongues of the lea, The gift of the tongues of meadows.
Straightway my olden heart returns And dances with the dancing burns ; It sings with the sparrows ; To the rain and the (grimy) barrows Sings my heart aloudó To the silver-bellied cloud, To the silver rainy arrows.
It bears the song of the skylaik down,
And it hears the singing of the town ;
And youth on the highways
And lovers in byways
' Follows and sees: ,.
And hearkens the song of the leas And sings the songs of the highways,