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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Song: ‘O Spirit of the Summer-time!’

By William Allingham (1824–1889)

From ‘Day and Night Songs’

O SPIRIT of the Summer-time!

Bring back the roses to the dells;

The swallow from her distant clime,

The honey-bee from drowsy cells.

Bring back the friendship of the sun;

The gilded evenings calm and late,

When weary children homeward run,

And peeping stars bid lovers wait.

Bring back the singing; and the scent

Of meadow-lands at dewy prime;

Oh, bring again my heart’s content,

Thou Spirit of the Summer-time!