29 June 2013

April Arrival of the Bluebird

Anonymous. April 23, 1859. The blue bird. Dayton Daily Empire 10(81): 1.
I am so blithe and glad to day!
At morn I heard a blue bird sing;
The blue-bird, warbling soul of spring,
The prophet of the leafy May —
And I knew the violets under the tree
Would listen and look the bird to see,
Peeping timidly here and there
In purple and odor to charm the air;
And the wind flower lifts its rose veined cup
In the leaves of the old year buried up;
And all the delicate buds that bloom
On the moss beds, deep in the forest gloom,
Would stir in their slumber and catch the strain,
And dream of the sun and the April rain —
For spring has come when the blue-bird sings
And folds in the maple his glossy wings,
And the wind may blow and the storm may fall,
But the voice of summer is heard in all.
I am so blithe and glad to day!
My heart, beside the blue-bird sings,
And folds, serene, its weary wings,
And knows the hours lead on to May!