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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 !

From Poems by William Allingham, edited by Helen Allingham 
(London: MacMillan and Co. Limited, 1912)

William Allingham (1824-1889) was an Irish poet whose work was best known for its lyrical phrasing, simplicity, and charm. Author of nearly a dozen books, he was a customs house official for most of his life, although he did work as a magazine editor late in life. Known as "the bard of Ballyshannon" (the town from which he came), William was a friend and fan of Alfred Lord Tennyson, as well the Brownings and Rosettis. In addition to writing poetry, William enjoyed collecting folk songs and ballads and even wrote a few of his own.


Post New Comment:
I'm especially partial to the "the swallow from her distant clime."
Posted 08/13/2014 05:49 AM
Lovely lyrical poem of summertime :) Maire x
Posted 08/13/2014 02:51 AM

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