1 May 2009 | Vol. 9, No. 1

Song on May Morning

Now the bright morning-star, Day's harbinger,

Comes dancing from the East, and leads with her

The flowery May, who from her green lap throws

The yellow cowslip, and the pale primrose.

   Hail bounteous May, that dost inspire

   Mirth, and youth, and warm desire!

   Woods and Groves are of thy dressing;

   Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing.

Thus we salute thee with our early song,

And welcome thee, and wish thee long.

About the author:

1608-1674. John Milton was one of the great English poets, known best for the epic poem, Paradise Lost.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by John Milton at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 9, No. 1, where "Song on May Morning" ran on May 1, 2009. List other work with these same labels: poetry, classic, rhyme.

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