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Littell's Living Age/Volume 137/Issue 1776/A Ballad of May

A Ballad of May.

Sparkling like a diamond
     Beams the daystar in the skies;
Nature, loosed from winter's bond,
     Smiles as one in sweet surprise.
     Light and life are firm allies;
Hawthorns wear their wedding white,
     Pastures show their greenest guise, -
Earth is laughing with delight.

Branches leafy vests have donned,
     Buds and blossoms glad the eyes,
Brakes and ferns unfurl the frond,
     Daisy-bloom with clover vies;
     Sings the runnel as it hies,
Swallows twitter in their flight,
     Master rook his pinions tries, —
Earth is laughing with delight.

Tadpoles people pool and pond,
     Cushat-calls and coos arise,
Chaffers of the dusk are fond,
     All day long the cuckoo cries;
     Gauzy insects, butterflies,
Flutter forth to see the sight;
     Lo! the bee with saffron thighs, -
Earth is laughing with delight.

                              Envoi .
Lady, 'tis no time for sighs,
     While the world is buoyant, bright;
Love is not a vague surmise, -
     Earth is laughing with delight.