Tell All the World
Tell all the world that summer's here again
With song and joy; tell them, that they may know
How, on the hillside, in the shining fields
New clumps of violets and daisies grow.
Tell all the world that summer's here again.
That white clouds voyage through a sky so still
With blue tranquillity, it seems to hang
One windless tapestry, from hill to hill.
Tell all the world that summer's here again:
Folk go about so solemnly and slow,
Walking each one his grooved and ordered way —
I fear that, otherwise thev will not know!
Harry Kemp (1883-1960)
from Chanteys and Ballads, 1920
[Poem is in the public domain in Canada and the United States]
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