Birds in May

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Birds in May
by William Browne

As (woo'd by May's delights) I have been borne
To take the kind air of a wistful morn
Near Tavy's voiceful stream (to whom I owe
More strains than from my pipe can ever flow),
Here have I heard a sweet bird never lin
To chide the river for his clam'rous din;
There seem'd another in his song to tell,
That what the fair stream did he liked well
And going further heard another too,
All varying still in what the others do
A little thence, a fourth with little pain
Conn'd all their lessons, and them sung again;
So numberless the songsters are that sing
In the sweet groves of the too-careless spring,
That I no sooner could the hearing lose
Of one of them, but straight another rose
And perching deftly on a quaking spray,
Nigh tir'd herself to make her hearer stay.
   . . . . .
Shrill as a thrush upon a morn of May.

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.