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Magdalen Walks

by Oscar Wilde, 1881

The little white clouds are racing over the sky,
   And the fields are strewn with the gold of the flower of March,
   The daffodil breaks under foot, and the tasselled larch
 Sways and swings as the thrush goes hurrying by.

 A delicate odour is borne on the wings of the morning breeze,
   The odour of leaves, and of grass, and of newly up-turned earth,
   The birds are singing for joy of the Spring’s glad birth,
 Hopping from branch to branch on the rocking trees.

 And all the woods are alive with the murmur and sound of Spring,
   And the rosebud breaks into pink on the climbing briar,
   And the crocus-bed is a quivering moon of fire
 Girdled round with the belt of an amethyst ring.

 And the plane to the pine-tree is whispering some tale of love
   Till it rustles with laughter and tosses its mantle of green,
   And the gloom of the wych-elm’s hollow is lit with the iris sheen
 Of the burnished rainbow throat and the silver breast of a dove.

 See! the lark starts up from his bed in the meadow there,
   Breaking the gossamer threads and the nets of dew,
   And flashing a-down the river, a flame of blue!
 The kingfisher flies like an arrow, and wounds the air.

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Tags: spring

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