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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
Extracts from May Carols: ‘Stronger and steadier every hour’
By Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814–1902)
II. 7

STRONGER and steadier every hour
  The pulses of the season’s glee
As higher climbs that vernal Power
  Which rules the azure revelry.
Trees that from winter’s grey eclipse        5
  Of late but pushed their topmost plume
Or felt with green-touched finger-tips
  For spring, their perfect robes assume.
Like one that reads not one that spells
  The unvarying rivulet onward run:        10
And bird to bird from leafier cells
  Sends forth more leisurely response.
Through gorse-gilt coverts bounds the deer;
  The gorse, whose latest splendours won
Make all the fulgent wolds appear        15
  Bright as the pastures of the sun.
A balmier zephyr curls the wave;
  More purple flames o’er ocean dance;
And the white breaker by the cave
  Falls with more cadenced resonance;        20
While, vague no more, the mountains stand
  With quivering line or hazy hue,
But drawn with finer firmer hand,
  And settling into deeper blue.
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