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March 26.

Oxford Term ends.

St. Ludger, Bp. of Munster, A.D. 809. St. Braulio, Bp. of Saragossa, A.D. 646


Now in many situations may be heard the cuckoo. Its distant note intimating dislike to human approach, comes upon the ear as a soft welcome from a shy stranger:—

Hail, beauteous stranger of the grove,
  Thou messenger of spring!
How heaven repairs thy rural seat,
  And woods thy welcome sing.

What time the daisy decks the green
  Thy certain voice we hear;
Hast thou a star to guide thy path,
  Or mark the rolling year?

Delightful visitant! with thee
  I hail the time of flowers,
And hear the sounds of music sweet
  From birds among the bowers.

The school-boy wandering thro' the wood
  To pull the primrose gay,
Starts—the new voice of spring to hear,
  And imitates thy lay.

Soon as the pea puts on its bloom,
  Thou fliest thy vocal vale,
An annual guest in other lands,
  Another spring to hail.

Sweet bird, thy bower is ever green,
  Thy sky is ever clear;
Thou hast no sorrow in thy song,
  No winter in thy year!

O! could I fly, I'd fly with thee;
  We'd make with social wing
Our annual visit o'er the globe,
  Companions of the spring.



Lurid Henbane. Hyoscyamus Scopolia.
Dedicated to St. Braulio[.]