Now fades the last long streak of snow,
      Now burgeons every maze of quick
      About the flowering squares, and thick
By ashen roots the violets blow.

Now rings the woodland loud and long,
      The distance takes a lovelier hue,
      And drown'd in yonder living blue
The lark becomes a sightless song.

Now dance the lights on lawn and lea,
      The flocks are whiter down the vale,
      And milkier every milky sail
On winding stream or distant sea;

Where now the seamew pipes, or dives
      In yonder greening gleam, and fly
      The happy birds, that change their sky
To build and brood; that live their lives

From land to land; and in my breast
      Spring wakens too; and my regret
      Becomes an April violet,
And buds and blossoms like the rest.

Last modified 19 February 2010