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  The Voice Of Spring  

 

I heard a voice--twas the voice of Spring,
Up from the rivulets murmuring,
Singing of freedom,--thus the lay
On the breezes floated away--
        "Joy! joy!--the chains that bound us
            Now disappear,
        Sunlight pours its treasures round us,
            Warm, warm and clear,
        Onward, speeding onward
            To the bright main,
        Chainless, free, unfettered,
            Are we again!"

I heard a voice--'twas the voice of Spring,
Out from the hill sides whispering,
And a tender strain from the woodland lone
Blended with it in murmurous tone--
        "Joy! joy!--the world is waking
            From her long rest,--
        Earth a glow of warmth is taking
            To her chill breast,--
        Tiny flower germs, hidden
            Long out of sight,
        Stealing forth unbidden,
            Seek the warm light!"

I heard a voice--'twas the voice of Spring,
Over the waters wandering,
As to the wilds came the song birds back,
Singing still in their homeward track--
        "Joy! joy!--we're home returning
            To the free hills,
        From our long and far sojourning,
            Now, to the rills,
        To the echoing forest.
            Orchard and plain,
        With our old-time music,
            Speed we again!"

I heard a voice--'twas the voice of Spring,--
Nature, all Nature awoke to sing;
And every valley, and grove, and plain
Had its share in the welcome strain:--
        "Joy! joy!--the chains are broken,
            Spring smiles again,--
        Joy for every blessed token
            Of her glad reign,--
        Joy on all the waters,
            Joy on each shore.--
        Sunlight, song, sweet odors,
            Welcome once more!"

       - Mrs. J. C. Yule


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