It was in the prime Of the sweet Spring-time In the linnet's throat Trembled the love-note, And the love-stirred air Thrilled the blossoms there. Little shadows danced, Each a tiny elf, Happy in large light And the thinnest self. It was but a minute In a far-off Spring, But each gentle thing, Sweetly-wooing linnet, Soft-thrilled hawthorn-tree, Happy shadowy elf, With the thinnest self, Live [still on]1 in me. [O the sweet, sweet prime]2 Of the past Spring-time!
1 Stanford: "on still"
2 Stanford: "It was in the prime"
- by Mary Ann Evans (1819 - 1880), as George Eliot, appears in The Spanish Gypsy, first published 1868 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir (1852 - 1924), "Sweet Springtime", op. 1 no. 3, from Eight songs from "The Spanish Gypsy", no. 3. [text verified 1 time]
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