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Catalog Number KSa020062
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Poem
Title Spring
Creator Shepard Alonzo Mount
Dates of Creation 18??/??/??
Scope & Content Spring

The melancholy Spring is here;
With fragrant blossoms, bright and fair;
And singing birds, remote and near,
In thrilling music, charm the air.

To pleasing sounds now floating by,
New forms of harmony attend;
We feel the power of beauty nigh,
When hymns of grateful hearts ascend.

`Tis good to feel the soothing spell,
Which o'er the hills and valleys lay;
Where timely showers have left their smiles
Upon the cheeks of tearful May.

The tender green, that wins our sight
And makes us tread the meadow o'er;
The chasing shadows, dark and light,
Remind me of the long years before.

On reverse side

I wish I could enjoy it now,
The ever kind, returning Spring;
As when a boy, I gave the plough,
The furrows turned a joyful fling;

And wiped the sweat from off my brow
With cooling leaves the hedge supplied:
But why should I remember now
Those youthful scenes to me denied.

The sun is setting, and my steps
Are lessening in their numbers here;
And memory brings the mournful lay
Of love, and grief, and funeral year

These sources of dejected life
The hand of dusky death hath given;
May God direct, the closing strife!
And give me hope of Spring in heaven
Shepard A. Mount
Notes written on two separate pieces of paper