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I know that National Poetry Month is still a month away. In hope, however, that spring arrives long before then, here's Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's translation of a spring poem by 15th-century French poet Charles D'Orleans.

"The Return of Spring"

Now Time throws off his cloak again
Of ermined frost, and wind, and rain,
And clothes him in the embroidery
Of glittering sun and clear blue sky.
With beast and bird the forest rings,
Each in his jargon cries or sings;
And Time throws off his cloak again
Of ermined frost, and wind, and rain.

River, and fount, and tinkling brook
Wear in their dainty livery
Drops of silver jewelry;
In new-made suit they merry look;
And Time throws off his cloak again
Of ermined frost, and wind, and rain.

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