The Song Sparrow
Fair little scout, that when the iron year
Changes, and the first fleecy clouds deploy,
Come with such a sudden burst of joy,
Lifting on winter’s doomed and broken rear
That song of silvery triumph blithe and clear;
Not yet quite conscious of the happy glow,
We hungered for some surer touch, and lo!
One morning we awake, and thou art here.
And thousands of frail-stemmed hepaticas,
With their crisp leaves and pure and perfect hues,
Light sleepers, ready for the golden news,
Spring at thy note beside the forest ways–
Next to thy song, the first to deck the hour–
The classic lyrist and the classic flower.