Treasure Island

Thomas Nashe

(1567-1601 / England)

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Spring, the Sweet Spring


Spring, the sweet spring, is the year's pleasant king,
Then blooms each thing, then maids dance in a ring,
Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing:
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!

The palm and may make country houses gay,
Lambs frisk and play, the shepherds pipe all day,
And we hear aye birds tune this merry lay:
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!

The fields breathe sweet, the daisies kiss our feet,
Young lovers meet, old wives a-sunning sit,
In every street these tunes our ears do greet:
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to witta-woo!

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Thomas Vaughan Jones (1/26/2014 4:28:00 PM)

    Unbelievably bad. A child of eight could do better. All that is famous is not neccessarily quality. We must never be afraid to be critical, or we will never learn, (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra (1/26/2013 1:26:00 AM)

    Spring the king. Let us welcome spring. I like this poem.
    I invite you to read my poems and comment. (Report) Reply

  • Patrizia Swart (8/11/2012 5:23:00 AM)

    Anyone with good knowledge of poetry please help: ..fields breathe sweet. Is that an example of personification or not? ? Please help. Would like to hear from you. (Report) Reply

  • Patrizia Swart (8/11/2012 5:21:00 AM)

    Anyone with good knowledge of poetry please help: fields breathe sweet - is that an example of personification or not? ? (Report) Reply

  • Vicky Biorseth (1/26/2012 6:19:00 AM)

    I love the open free feeling of this poem! makes me eager for spring! Thank you, nice job! (Report) Reply

  • Manonton Dalan (1/26/2012 4:50:00 AM)

    spring is always good to me

    grass leap from their root
    men women walk barefoot
    daises daffodils bloom
    birds sing their song
    lovers come early
    lay on grass all day (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (1/26/2010 8:34:00 AM)

    I like this daft poem. It has the spring of Spring in it! We know only a shadow of the joy with which people greeted spring in those days. If the poem is recited the sound of the different birds should be imitated.

    As for rhyme - it looks good to me. I would have thought the modern ear would have been used to half-rhymes - popular song is full of them. Anyway “fit”, “seat” and “greet” probably rhymed then. (Report) Reply

  • Terence George Craddock (1/26/2010 6:53:00 AM)

    Did anyone notice that poor Thomas wrote 3 versions of this poem and died at 34 years of age? Over 400 years ago, possibly from In Time of Pestilence, which is a superior poem to this. Seems was not a time of joy blooming. I hope Poor Thomas had his chance then when 'maids dance in a ring' because country life then seems far from rosy. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (1/26/2010 1:28:00 AM)

    Birds, plants, flowers and men dance to the tune of Spring! Nature is beautiful with the joy of Spring with songs of birds thrilling the hearts of all! (Report) Reply

  • burpsn farts (1/26/2009 4:57:00 PM)

    Are you forty or something? This poem tells me I shouldn't be here right now cause it's so bad. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Henry Dallaire (1/26/2009 3:48:00 PM)

    It brings a little bit of Yee olde days of yours to the present. I can't wait for it. Great originality. (Spring that is) (Report) Reply

  • Linda Hepner (1/26/2006 11:36:00 AM)

    I'm giving it a 10 because it was one of the first poems I ever read in the early spring of my life and the poem sounds perfect! (Report) Reply

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