George Moses Horton

(1797 - 1884 / Northampton, North Carolina)

On Spring - Poem by George Moses Horton

Hail, thou auspicious vernal dawn!
Ye birds, proclaim the winter's gone,
Ye warbling minstrels sing;
Pour forth your tribute as ye rise,
And thus salute the fragrant skies
The pleasing smiles of Spring.


Coo sweetly, oh thou harmless Dove,
And bid thy mate no longer rove,
In cold, hybernal vales;
Let music rise from every tongue,
Whilst winter flies before the song,
Which floats on gentle gales.


Ye frozen streams dissolve and flow
Along the valley, sweet and slow;
Divested fields be gay:
Ye drooping forests bloom on high,
And raise your branches to the sky,
And thus your charms display.


Thou world of heat--thou vital source,
The torpid insects feel thy force,
Which all with life supplies;
Gardens and orchards richly bloom,
And send a gale of sweet perfume,
To invite them as they rise.


Near where the crystal waters glide,
The male of birds escorts his bride,
And twitters on the spray;
He mounts upon his active wing,
To hail the bounty of the Spring,
The lavish pomp of May.


Inspiring month of youthful Love,
How oft we in the peaceful grove,
Survey the flowery plume;
Or sit beneath the sylvan shade,
Where branches wave above the head,
And smile on every bloom.


Exalted month, when thou art gone,
May Virtue then begin the dawn
Of an eternal Spring?
May raptures kindle on my tongue,
And start a new, eternal song,
Which ne'er shall cease to ring!


Comments about On Spring by George Moses Horton

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (3/29/2016 9:16:00 PM)

    The poem was beautiful in its time and still retains bits and pieces of that beauty in our linguistically different time. May we all be free to enjoy it and enjoy any other literature offered by this site without fear of being disliked (Report) Reply

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  • Emebet Mesfin Emebet Mesfin (3/29/2016 5:33:00 PM)

    this poem makes me want to dance in happiness (Report) Reply

  • Moira Cameron Moira Cameron (3/29/2016 11:55:00 AM)

    I know that one might find this language style archaic, but I love the poetry of it. I admit I am myself beholden to a prior age. Poems like this one resonate more deeply for me than many more modern verse. (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams Susan Williams (3/31/2016 1:05:00 PM)

    Moira, I noticed someone disliked your comment. Of course people can dislike comments as they please. Yet I am fascinated by this particular dislike. I have read your comment over and over trying to see the dislikability factor. I cannot for the life of me figure it out. By the way, I have noticed that there is a person [or people] on this site who dislike any favorable comment on poetry by Maya Anjalou [spelling]. I figure they are either ignorant prejudiced people or they just like to be unpleasant. So please pay no attention to the anonymous dislikes who cannot step up and use the reply button to elucidate on what they find so unlikeable.. Whenever I run across such instances, I drop a like on the comment... I am such a rebel....

  • Akachukwu Lekwauwa Akachukwu Lekwauwa (3/29/2016 8:29:00 AM)

    wonderful words to usher in the spring (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (3/29/2016 6:28:00 AM)

    ......beautiful vocabulary, very poetic...a lovely read ★ (Report) Reply

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (3/29/2016 5:22:00 AM)

    Mind blowing narration of the rejuvenation of the motley manifestations of nature after the winter is over and the advent of spring. It's description as the inspiring month of youthful love is superb. (Report) Reply

  • Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (3/29/2016 4:46:00 AM)

    Quite astonishing when you consider this poet's biography. I love the archaic language that we rarely see today. This man was truly a talented poet. (Report) Reply

    Kim Barney (3/29/2016 10:44:00 AM)

    Barry, you are so right. Everyone should read his biography to appreciate his poetry even more.

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (3/29/2016 3:46:00 AM)

    Youthful love. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (3/29/2016 3:43:00 AM)

    Nicely written on change of seasons. Good to read such poems on nature. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga Rajnish Manga (3/29/2016 12:46:00 AM)

    It's a wonderful portrayal of the lovely spring season that has just shaken off the harshness of winters. Enjoyed reading this great piece of poetry. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 10, 2010



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