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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1506. Budding-Time Too Brief
 
By Evaleen Stein
 
 
O LITTLE buds, break not so fast!
  The spring’s but new.
  The skies will yet be brighter blue,
  And sunny too.
I would you might thus sweetly last        5
Till this glad season’s overpast,
  Nor hasten through.
 
It is so exquisite to feel
  The light warm sun;
  To merely know the winter done,        10
  And life begun;
And to my heart no blooms appeal
For tenderness so deep and real,
  As any one
 
Of these first April buds, that hold        15
  The hint of spring’s
  Rare perfectness that May-time brings.
  So take not wings!
Oh, linger, linger, nor unfold
Too swiftly though the mellow mould,        20
  Sweet growing things!
 
And errant birds, and honey-bees,
  Seek not to wile;
  And, sun, let not your warmest smile
  Quite yet beguile        25
The young peach-boughs and apple-trees
To trust their beauty to the breeze;
  Wait yet awhile!
 

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