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May

MAY

By James Gates Percival

 

I feel a newer life in every gale;

     The winds that fan the flowers,

And with their welcome breathings fill the sail,       

      Tell of serener hours, —

   Of hours that glide unfelt away

   Beneath the sky of May.

 

The spirit of the gentle south-wind calls

      From his blue throne of air,

And where his whispering voice in music falls,

      Beauty is budding there;

   The bright ones of the valley break

   Their slumbers, and awake.

 

The waving verdure rolls along the plain,

      And the wide forest weaves,

To welcome back its playful mates again,

      A canopy of leaves;

   And from its darkening shadow floats

   A gush of trembling notes.

 

Fairer and brighter spreads the reign of May;

      The tresses of the woods

With the light dallying of the west-wind play;

      And the full-brimming floods,

   As gladly to their goal they run,

   Hail the returning sun.

 

    

  

 

A Calendar of Sonnets: May

A CALENDAR OF SONNETS:  MAY

By Helen Hunt Jackson

O Month when they who love must love and wed!
Were one to go to worlds where May is naught,
And seek to tell the memories he had brought
From earth of thee, what were most fitly said?
I know not if the rosy showers shed
From apple-boughs, or if the soft green wrought
In fields, or if the robin’s call be fraught
The most with thy delight.  Perhaps they read
Thee best who in the ancient time did say
Thou wert the sacred month unto the old:
No blossom blooms upon thy brightest day
So subtly sweet as memories which unfold
In aged hearts which in thy sunshine lie,
To sun themselves once more before they die.