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Come when Spring touches with gentle...

Language: English

Come when Spring touches with gentle finger
   The snows that linger
   Among the hills;
When to our homestead return the swallows,
   And in the hollows
   Bloom daffodils.

Or, if thou tarry, come with the Summer,
   That welcome comer,
   Welcome as he;
When noon-tide sunshine beats on the meadow,
   A seat in shadow
   We'll keep for thee.

Or, if it please thee, come to the reaping,
   When to safe keeping
   They bring the sheaves;
When Autumn decketh with coloured splendour
   And pathos tender
   The dying leaves.

Or come and warm us when Winter freezes,
   And northern breezes
   Are keen and cold,
With loving glances, and close hand-pressings,
   And fervent blessings
   That grow not old.

Nay! do not linger; for each to-morrow
   Will break in sorrow
   If thou delay:
Come to us quickly; our hearts are burning
   With tender yearning:
   Come, come to-day.

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Text added to the website: 2011-07-14.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:28
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