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Poem by Sidney Lanier


Spring Greeting


From the German of Herder.



All faintly through my soul to-day,
As from a bell that far away
Is tinkled by some frolic fay,
Floateth a lovely chiming.
Thou magic bell, to many a fell
And many a winter-saddened dell
Thy tongue a tale of Spring doth tell,
Too passionate-sweet for rhyming.

Chime out, thou little song of Spring,
Float in the blue skies ravishing.
Thy song-of-life a joy doth bring
ThatТs sweet, albeit fleeting.
Float on the Spring-winds eТen to my home:
And when thou to a rose shalt come
That hath begun to show her bloom,
Say, I send her greeting!



Sidney Lanier


Sidney Lanier's other poems:
  1. The Dove
  2. A Florida Ghost
  3. The Raven Days
  4. A Sunrise Song
  5. Martha Washington


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