A Celebration of Women Writers

"A Song of Exile." by Norah M. Holland (1876-1925)
From: Spun-Yarn And Spindrift. by Norah M. Holland. London & Toronto: J. M. Dent & Sons; New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1918, p. 92.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom

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WHAT is the news of England ?
  The April breezes blow,
Bringing to us faint odours
  From lanes we used to know–
Lanes, where the hawthorn hedges
  Foam into blossoms white;
What is the news of England
  For England's sons to-night?

What is the news of England ?
  'Neath her white cliffs the sea
Croons its soft song of summer,
  The golden days to be.
Her hills are fair with promise,
  Her woods with voices ring,
From every copse the cuckoo
  Shouts to the jocund Spring.

What is the news of England ?
  Once more the cowslip gleams
Gold in her misty meadows,
  Gold by her murmuring streams.
Once more the April breezes
  Blow secrets of delight
From the great heart of England
  To England's sons to-night.

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Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom