Poem of the Month
Bigg, J. Stanyan (John Stanyan), 1828-1865
Bigg, J. Stanyan (John Stanyan), 1828-1865 : BIRTH-DAY STANZAS. [from Shifting Scenes and Other Poems (1862)]
1 Over all the greening valleys
2 Breathes the dewy balm of spring,
3 Over all the shadowy woodlands
4 Burst the notes of welcoming;
5 And a brighter light is streaming
6 Over all the world to-day,
7 For it is the gleesome spring-tide,
8 'Tis the merry month of May!
9 With a gladder note the skylark
10 Flutters up to meet the morn,
11 With a richer note the black-bird
12 Warbles from the tufted thorn,
13 With a softer voice the streamlet
14 Lisps its whispered love-song gay,
15 For it is the happy spring-tide,
16 'Tis the merry month of May!
17 And a dawn of gorgeous promise
18 Trembles over wood and wold,
19 Waiting for the regal Summer
20 And her pomp of green and gold;
21 Waiting for the full fruition
22 Of the blossoms of to-day,
23 Oh! it is the happy spring-time,
24 'Tis the merry month of May!
25 So, my friend, may your spring morning
26 Scatter fragrant promise round;
27 So, with trophy-wreaths and garlands,
28 May your after years be crown'd;
29 May a rich and sumptuous summer
30 Of good deeds begin to-day,
31 May the God of heaven be with you
32 In your merry, merry May!
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