I Did Not Know

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I Did Not Know  (1898) 
by Abbie Farwell Brown
published in: The New England Magazine / Volume 24, Issue 2. April 1898.

          I did not know—
And it was but a few short days ago—
  How near to spring, it was; the world lay still
  In all the bitter cold of winter chill;
Yet even then the May-buds with the glow
Of burning lips pressed to the melting snow
  Had kissed themselves a window, to the sky,—
          And spring was nigh.

          I did not know—
Ah, was it such a little while ago!—
  Within my heart how near it was to spring;
  I did not guess the blessed blossoming,
Until this gladsome morn I woke, and lo!
Sweet with new fragrance does the whole world grow
  From that so fair and snow-sprung flower dear,—
          And spring is here!

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