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Poem by Amy Levy


A Dirge


Mein Herz, mein Herz ist traurig
Doch lustig leuchtet der Mai


Theres May amid the meadows,
Theres May amid the trees;
Her May-time note the cuckoo
Sends forth upon the breeze.

Above the rippling river
May swallows skim and dart;
November and December
Keep watch within my heart.

The spring breathes in the breezes,
The woods with wood-notes ring,
And all the budding hedgerows
Are fragrant of the spring.

In secret, silent places
The live green things upstart;
Ice-bound, ice-crownd dwells winter
For ever in my heart.

Upon the bridge I linger,
Near where the lime-trees grow;
Above, swart birds are circling,
Beneath, the stream runs slow.

A stripling and a maiden
Come wandring up the way;
His eyes are glad with springtime,
Her face is fair with May.

Of warmth the sun and sweetness
All nature takes a part;
The ice of all the ages
Weighs down upon my heart.



Amy Levy


Amy Levy's other poems:
  1. On the Wye in May
  2. On the Threshold
  3. To E.
  4. Youth and Love
  5. Ralph to Mary


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Alfred Tennyson A Dirge ("Now is done thy long day's work")
  • Percy Shelley A Dirge ("Rough wind, that moanest loud")
  • Madison Cawein A Dirge ("Life has fled; she is dead")
  • Menella Smedley A Dirge ("Let her rest!")
  • Ella Wilcox A Dirge ("Death and a dirge at midnight;")

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