Spring contrasts

Song Cycle by (Mary) Frances Allitsen, née Bumpus (1848 - 1912)

1. The spring, my dear [sung text not yet checked]

The spring, my dear,
Is no longer spring.
Does the blackbird sing
What he sang last year?
Are the skies the old
Immemorial blue?
Or am I, or are you,
Grown cold?

Though life be change,
It is hard to bear
When the old sweet air
Sounds forced and strange.
To be out of tune,
Plain You and I . . .
It were better to die,
And soon!

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2. The Nightingale has a lyre of gold [sung text not yet checked]

The nightingale has a lyre of gold,
   The lark's is a clarion call,
And the blackbird plays but a boxwood flute,
   But I love him best of all.

For his song is all of the joy of life,
   And we in the [mad]1, spring weather,
We two have listened till he [sang]2
   Our hearts and lips together.

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1 Parker: "glad"
2 Parker: "sung"

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
Total word count: 126