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TO THE SWALLOW .
u Art thou return'd , swift racer of the skies , To course the breezes of my land again . And , o ' er these northern meads , To skim the new-bom flowers ?
2 . In what far zone , while Winter darkened here , Hast thou forgot the tempest left behind ? O ' er what strange seas displayed Thy heaven-directed wing ,
3 . ^ To find the Summer which thou lov ' st so well , To shun the ills which thou hast power to flee , And , in some bright sojourn , Thy vagrant bliss enjoy ;
4 . Where foreign skies with vernal sapphire glow * And deep savannahs spread their virgin store Of greenest solitudes , And never-trodden flowers ? 5 . But , whencesoe'er thou com ' st , alike receive The lonely welcome of a simple lay ,
From one who fondly strives To weave his heart in song . 6 . Fleet pilgrim , bound to Summer ' s fragrant shrine-Tracing her flight , o'er ocean ' s dark-blue zones , Where'er her wing she rests The girdled world
around—7 . I hail thee , prophet of those fairy hours , Ere long to dawn upon our hearts and isles , When Nature yet once more Her bridal robe shall wear ,
8 . And braid her tresses with the glowing ro 3 e , And breathe profounder azure o ' er the skies , And bid old Ocean tune More soft his awful lyre .
9 . Soon will the thorn be hoar withTVIay ' s rich snow , The lilac soon its flowery plumes display , And lithe laburnums wave Their locks of pendant gold . 10 . Even now His sweet to dream of future hourd In the brown umbrage of the wood £ 6 n ^ umed , When high the noontide sun Shall pour the burning day—*
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1826, page 359, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2549/page/43/