Sea and Sky


J. Le Gay Brereton

’TWAS Jack-o’-Winter hailed it first,
    But now more timid angels sing,
For what dull ear can fail to hear
    Afar the fluting of the Spring?

In all free spaces of the land
    A sightless flame is flickering;
Through every vein it leaps amain,
    The fiery miracle of Spring.

A music ranging in the air,
    A lambent light in everything;
O sweet, my sweet, the subtle heat,
    The dancing light of Love and Spring!

Jack-o’-Winter, or Jacky Winter—The name commonly given to the brown flycatcher, a friendly little bird found throughout south-eastern Australia.

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