A Dream Of Summer

John Greenleaf Whittier 1807 (Haverhill) – 1892 (Hampton Falls)



Bland as the morning breath of June
The southwest breezes play;
And, through its haze, the winter noon
Seems warm as summer's day.
The snow-plumed Angel of the North
Has dropped his icy spear;
Again the mossy earth looks forth,
Again the streams gush clear.

The fox his hillside cell forsakes,
The muskrat leaves his nook,
The bluebird in the meadow brakes
Is singing with the brook.
'Bear up, O Mother Nature!' cry
Bird, breeze, and streamlet free;
'Our winter voices prophesy
Of summer days to thee!'

So, in those winters of the soul,
By bitter blasts and drear
O'erswept from Memory's frozen pole,
Will sunny days appear.
Reviving Hope and Faith, they show
The soul its living powers,
And how beneath the winter's snow
Lie germs of summer flowers!

The Night is mother of the Day,
The Winter of the Spring,
And ever upon old Decay
The greenest mosses cling.
Behind the cloud the starlight lurks,
Through showers the sunbeams fall;
For God, who loveth all His works,
Has left His hope with all!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on May 03, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABABCDCD EFEFXGEG HDHDIEIE BJBJEKEK
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 972
Words 179
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 8, 8, 8, 8

John Greenleaf Whittier

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