Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Call of the Green / Laurence Alma-Tadema

The Call of the Green

O who would dwell in the dingy town
      When June is fair and green?
O who would stay in the chimneyed town
      Where brooks are never seen?
   Come! roses blow: sweet flower
   Will snow the virgin's-bower:
The shaded lane, the woodland wild,
Are better both for man and child.

O who would live in the narrow street
      When skies are broad and free?
O who would bide in the stony street
      When the sun is on the sea?
   Come! leave the dust and hasten
   To the breath of winds that chasten:
The surging waves, the starry span,
Are better both for child and man.

Laurence Alma-Tadema
from Songs of Womanhood, 1913

[Poem is in the public domain in Canada, the United States, and the European Union]

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