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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,

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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? ?

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

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