The earth is bare, the earth is brown While winter has his reign; The land is green, the land is gold When spring returns again. The woods and fields in rapturous mood, Intoxicate with bliss, Prepare to greet a longing world At spring's awak'ning kiss. The woods are purple, green and brown, With primrose floor below; The trees for very happiness Put on a veil of snow; In ev'ry stream, and ev'ry lake, Blue heav'n itself I see, And angels' happy laughter rings From ev'ry hedge and tree. Then why should I, when nature wakes, Keep winter in my heart? For I am ready like the earth, And Love will do his part. Come spring to earth, come Love to me: I feel thee drawing near, And winter melts before thy smile, For spring and heav'n are here.
- by Arthur Somervell, Sir (1863 - 1937) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Arthur Somervell, Sir (1863 - 1937), "When spring returns" [ soprano and piano ], confirmed with a CD booklet [sung text checked 1 time]
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