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 O Spirit of the Summertime!  by William Allingham

O SPIRIT of the Summertime ! 
Bring back the roses to the dells ; 
The swallow from her distant clime, 
The honey-bee from drowsy cells.

Bring back the friendship of the sun ; 
The gilded evenings, calm and late, 
When merry children homeward run, 
And peeping stars bid lovers wait.

Bring back the singing; and the scent 
Of meadowlands at dewy prime; 
Oh, bring again my heart's content, 
Thou Spirit of the Summertime !


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