Springtime is here, so check out these vintage seasonal offerings from the original Cheshire. Good and true with age. Happy weekend!

Villanelle — Clarence Owen

When I hear you softly sing,
        Little one, with eyes of blue,
All my thoughts are of the Spring.

Violets are blossoming,
        Everything seems fresh and new,
When I hear you softly sing.

In the skies the bird’s on wing,
        In your eyes the light is true,
And my thoughts are of the Spring.

Little brooks are whispering,
        Murm’ring, little one, like you,
When I hear you softly sing.

Though the Autumn winds may ring
        Through the trees of sombre hue,
All my thoughts are of the Spring.

Though the Autumn winds may ring
        Cold and sadness—sorrow too—
When I hear you softly sing,
All my thoughts are of the Spring.

 

Cheshire 1.1 (November 1931)

 

Approach of Spring — Eunice Rickaby

I’ll bid my daffodils to grow;
I’ll coax my bluebirds back to sing
Songs  that lull me with tales aglow
Of sunshine, showers, sap and spring
Even catching the wind on wing
In their melodies throbbing low.
I’ll bid my daffodils to grow;
I’ll coax my bluebirds back to sing;
And then the mild South wind will blow.
Thoughts of gaiety it will bring,
Pledging spring with flowers on row
To salve the past cold winter’s sting.
I’ll bid my daffodils to grow;
I’ll coax my bluebirds back to sing.

 

Cheshire 1.4 (May 1932)