A Celebration of Women Writers

"Spring in the City." 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. 18.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom

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OUTSIDE my garret window, set
  Amid the city's dust and blare,
One bit of green is growing yet–
  A gnarled old hawthorn tree stands there.

A little bird sings in its bough,
  Where may-buds break as white as foam
It breaks my heart to hear him now,
  For O, he sings the songs of home.

His wings are of the hodden grey,
  A little lilting thing is he;
He pipes a carol blythe and gay;
  But sad the thoughts he brings to me.

Once more the Irish hills rise green,
  The lark springs to the sun once more,
Once more I tread the old boreen
  And see you at the cabin door.

The young May moon her cresset burns
  In misty skies of Irish blue,
And for an hour my spirit turns
  From dreary streets to dream of you.

O little, lilting birdeen, cease!
  You stab my heart with every strain,
Bringing me back old memories
  Of days that will not come again.

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Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom