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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
Song to May
By Edward Hovell-Thurlow, Lord Thurlow (1781–1829)
 
MAY, queen of blossoms,
  And fulfilling flowers,
With what pretty music
  Shall we charm the hours?
Wilt thou have pipe and reed,        5
Blown in the open mead?
Or to the lute give heed
  In the green bowers?
 
Thou hast no need of us,
  Or pipe or wire;        10
Thou hast the golden bee
  Ripened with fire;
And many thousand more
Songsters, that thee adore
Filling earth’s grassy floor        15
  With new desire.
 
Thou hast thy mighty herds,
  Tame, and free-livers;
Doubt not, thy music too
  In the deep rivers;        20
And the whole plumy flight,
Warbling the day and night—
Up at the gates of light,
  See, the lark quivers!
 
 
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