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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Spring
 
So forth issued the seasons of the year:
First, lusty Spring all dight in leaves of flowers,
That freshly budded and new blooms did bear,
In which a thousand birds had built their bowers,
That sweetly sung to call forth paramours.
        Spenser.—The Fairy Queen, Book VI. On Mutability, Canto VII. Stanza 28.
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Next came the loveliest pair in all the ring,
Sweet female Beauty hand in hand with Spring.
        Burns.—Brigs of Ayr.
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        The spring, the summer,
The childing autumn, angry winter, change
Their wonted liveries.
        Shakespeare.—Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act II. Scene 1. (Titania to Oberon.)
  3
Spring hangs her infant blossoms on the trees,
Rock’d in the cradle of the western breeze.
        Cowper.—Tirocinium, Line 43.
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But when shall Spring visit the mouldering urn?
O when shall it dawn on the night of the grave?
        Beattie.—The Hermit, Verse 4.
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