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Poem Title:  When Spring Goes By

Poem Category:  Spring Poems

Poet:  Duncan Campbell Scott

Poet Biography: 
Duncan Campbell Scott (1862 - 1947), poet and short story-writer, is one of the major Canadian literary figures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.



Poem: 
The winds that on the uplands softly lie,
Grow keener where the ice is lingering still
Where the first robin on the sheltered hill
Pipes blithely to the tune, "When Spring goes by!"
Hear him again, "Spring! Spring!" He seems to cry,
Haunting the fall of the flute-throated rill,
That keeps a gentle, constant, silver thrill,
While he is restless in his ecstasy.

Ah! the soft budding of the virginal woods,
Of the frail fruit trees by the vanishing lakes:
There's the new moon where the clear sunset floods,
A trace of dew upon the rose leaf sky;
And hark! what rapture the glad robin wakes-
"When Spring goes by; Spring! Spring! When
Spring goes by."


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