Spring, The Sweet Spring Poem by Thomas Nashe

Spring, The Sweet Spring

Rating: 2.7

Spring, the sweet spring, is the year's pleasant king,
Then blooms each thing, then maids dance in a ring,
Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing:
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!

The palm and may make country houses gay,
Lambs frisk and play, the shepherds pipe all day,
And we hear aye birds tune this merry lay:
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo!

The fields breathe sweet, the daisies kiss our feet,
Young lovers meet, old wives a-sunning sit,
In every street these tunes our ears do greet:
Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to witta-woo!

Manonton Dalan 26 January 2012

spring is always good to me grass leap from their root men women walk barefoot daises daffodils bloom birds sing their song lovers come early lay on grass all day

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Kevin Straw 26 January 2010

I like this daft poem. It has the spring of Spring in it! We know only a shadow of the joy with which people greeted spring in those days. If the poem is recited the sound of the different birds should be imitated. As for rhyme - it looks good to me. I would have thought the modern ear would have been used to half-rhymes - popular song is full of them. Anyway “fit”, “seat” and “greet” probably rhymed then.

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burpsn farts 26 January 2009

Are you forty or something? This poem tells me I shouldn't be here right now cause it's so bad.

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Vicky Biorseth 26 January 2012

I love the open free feeling of this poem! makes me eager for spring! Thank you, nice job!

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Terence George Craddock 26 January 2010

Did anyone notice that poor Thomas wrote 3 versions of this poem and died at 34 years of age? Over 400 years ago, possibly from In Time of Pestilence, which is a superior poem to this. Seems was not a time of joy blooming. I hope Poor Thomas had his chance then when 'maids dance in a ring' because country life then seems far from rosy.

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Mahalakshmi sankar 18 July 2018

Emotional feeling

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Thomas Vaughan Jones 26 January 2014

Unbelievably bad. A child of eight could do better. All that is famous is not neccessarily quality. We must never be afraid to be critical, or we will never learn,

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Gajanan Mishra 26 January 2013

Spring the king. Let us welcome spring. I like this poem. I invite you to read my poems and comment.

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Patrizia Swart 11 August 2012

Anyone with good knowledge of poetry please help: ..fields breathe sweet. Is that an example of personification or not? ? Please help. Would like to hear from you.

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Patrizia Swart 11 August 2012

Anyone with good knowledge of poetry please help: fields breathe sweet - is that an example of personification or not? ?

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