Ode to Spring

Spring, step not softly, renovate the sense!

My trembling thoughts unravel into leaves,

With your perfumes the new-born air is dense,

And every tendril to your trellis cleaves.


The world is but a canvas for your brush,

Your palette infinite with every hue;

Your rivulets incite the river’s rush,

And every flower sips your frigid dew.


Waft upward with your winds my dreaming kite,

That bridges longing to your fleeting clouds;

On your fair breezes let my soul take flight;

Release all spirits from their winter shrouds!


And weave, O Spring, your garlands for the brow

Of Him who came to die, that we live now.


Dominica de Passione


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