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THE GREEN LINNET

          BENEATH these fruit-tree boughs that shed
          Their snow-white blossoms on my head,
          With brightest sunshine round me spread
              Of spring's unclouded weather,
          In this sequestered nook how sweet
          To sit upon my orchard-seat!
          And birds and flowers once more to greet,
              My last year's friends together.

          One have I marked, the happiest guest
          In all this covert of the blest:                            10
          Hail to Thee, far above the rest
              In joy of voice and pinion!
          Thou, Linnet! in thy green array,
          Presiding Spirit here to-day,
          Dost lead the revels of the May;
              And this is thy dominion.

          While birds, and butterflies, and flowers,
          Make all one band of paramours,
          Thou, ranging up and down the bowers,
              Art sole in thy employment:                             20
          A Life, a Presence like the Air,
          Scattering thy gladness without care,
          Too blest with any one to pair;
              Thyself thy own enjoyment.

          Amid yon tuft of hazel trees,
          That twinkle to the gusty breeze,
          Behold him perched in ecstasies,
              Yet seeming still to hover;
          There! where the flutter of his wings
          Upon his back and body flings                               30
          Shadows and sunny glimmerings,
              That cover him all over.

          My dazzled sight he oft deceives,
          A Brother of the dancing leaves;
          Then flits, and from the cottage-eaves
              Pours forth his song in gushes;
          As if by that exulting strain
          He mocked and treated with disdain
          The voiceless Form he chose to feign,
            While fluttering in the bushes.                           40
                                                              1803.


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