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   William Allingham (1824-1889)


    O SPIRIT of the Summertime !
        Bring back the roses to the dells ;
    The swallow from her distant clime,
        The honey-bee from drowsy cells.

    Bring back the friendship of the sun ;
        The gilded evenings, calm and late,
   When merry children homeward run,
        And peeping stars bid lovers wait.

    Bring back the singing; and the scent
        Of meadowlands at dewy prime;—
   Oh, bring again my heart's content,
        Thou Spirit of the Summertime !


William Allingham was born at Ballyshannon, Donegal in Ireland on March 19, 1824. The above poem can be found in:
  • Allingham, William. Poems by William Allingham. Helen Allingham, ed. London: MacMillan and Co. Limited, 1912.