Song II

1 Thyrsis, when we parted, swore
2 Ere the spring he would return.
3 Ah, what means yon violet flower,
4 And the buds that deck the thorn?
5 'Twas the lark that upward sprung!
6 'Twas the nightingale that sung!
7 Idle notes, untimely green,
8 Why such unavailing haste?
9 Western gales and skies serene
10 Prove not always winter past.
11 Cease my doubts, my fears to move;
12 Spare the honour of my love.


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Title (in Source Edition): Song II
Author: Thomas Gray
Genres: song

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Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771. Thomas Gray: English poems. Web. Oxford: Thomas Gray Archive, 2002.

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