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On the merry May has pleasant hours,
And dreamily they glide,
Upon a silver tide.
And the woods are full of birds,
Like a tune with pleasant words.
The verdure of the meadow-land
Is creeping to the hills,
The sweet, blue-bosom'd violets
Are blooming by the rills; The lilac has a load of balm
For every wind that stirs, And the larch stands green and beautiful
Amid the sombre firs.
There's perfume upon every wind
Music in every tree-
Sweets for the sucking bee ;
The young are gathering flowers ; And life is a tale of poetry,
That is told by golden hours.
If ’tis not true philosophy,
That the spirit when set free Still lingers about its olden home,
In the flower and the tree,
It is very strange that our pulses thrill
At the tint of a voiceless thing, And our hearts yearn so with tenderness
In the beautiful time of Spring.
ON WITNESSING A BAPTISM.
She stood up in the meekness of a heart
With the baptismal water. Then I thought