NOTHING NEW

From the dawn of spring till the year grows hoary,
    Nothing is new that is done or said,
The leaves are telling the same old story---
    "Budding, bursting, dying, dead."
And ever and always the wild birds' chorus
    Is "coming, building, flying, fled."

Never the round Earth roams or ranges
    Out of her circuit, so old, so old,
And the smile o' the sun knows but these changes---
    Beaming, burning, tender, cold,
As spring-time softens or winter estranges
    The mighty heart of this orb of gold.

From our great sire's birth to the last morn's breaking
    There were tempest, sunshine, fruit, and frost.
And the sea was calm or the sea was shaking
    His mighty mane like a lion crossed,
And ever this cry the heart was making---
    Longing, loving, losing, lost.

For ever the wild wind wanders, crying,
    Southerly, easterly, north and west,
And one worn song the fields are sighing,
    "Sowing, growing, harvest, rest,"
And the tired thought of the world, replying
    Like an echo to what is last and best,
                                        Murmurs---"Rest."

Poetical works of Ella Wheeler Wilcox. by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Edinburgh : W. P. Nimmo, Hay, & Mitchell, 1917.


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