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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889

Song in March

By William Gilmore Simms (1806–1870)

[From Poems. 1853.]

NOW are the winds about us in their glee,

Tossing the slender tree;

Whirling the sands about his furious car,

March cometh from afar;

Breaks the sealed magic of old Winter’s dreams,

And rends his glassy streams;

Chafing with potent airs, he fiercely takes

Their fetters from the lakes,

And, with a power by queenly Spring supplied,

Wakens the slumbering tide.

With a wild love he seeks young Summer’s charms

And clasps her to his arms;

Lifting his shield between, he drives away

Old Winter from his prey;—

The ancient tyrant whom he boldly braves,

Goes howling to his caves;

And, to his northern realm compelled to fly,

Yields up the victory;

Melted are all his bands, o’erthrown his towers,

And March comes bringing flowers.