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Spring And Winter
(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Spring And Winter

WHEN daisies pied and violets blue,
   And lady-smocks all silver-white,
And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue
   Do paint the meadows with delight,
The cuckoo then, on every tree,
Mocks married men; for thus sings he,
   Cuckoo!
Cuckoo, cuckoo! - O word of fear,
Unpleasing to a married ear!

When shepherds pipe on oaten straws,
   And merry larks are ploughmen's clocks,
When turtles tread, and rooks, and daws,
   And maidens bleach their summer smocks
The cuckoo then, on every tree,
Mocks married men; for thus sings he,
   Cuckoo!
Cuckoo, cuckoo! - O word of fear,
Unpleasing to a married ear!

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Comments (16)

Simply superb. The Great Bard at his best.
Mind blowing narration of manifestation of nature during spring and winter with confluence of amazing imagery that creates humor, side by side, chiding married men. A great poem of a great poet.
Fabulous Poem that portrays Cuckoo birds sitting on every tree mocking at the married men! ! What an imagery! The daisies and the violet blues are delightful!
Amazing portrayal of nature in full bloom with a philosophy of having fun with no responsibility which makes fun of married men who carry out their responsibilities all through through their lives. Great poem from a great poet. Thanks.
Cuckoo, cuckoo - O word of fear, on every walkway of heart's pier, plasticized earthen cold attire, unpleasing to the adult ears, enlarged and shiny fruit baskets, in every hand held humble monitors, fallen warriors and dysfunction of calibers, Cuckoo, cuckoo! O word of fear, unpleasing to a mating ear. WS, the great poet, Thank you..
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