WINDS to-day are large and free,
Winds to-day are westerly ;
From the land they seem to blow
Whence the sap begins to flow
And the dimpled light to spread,
From the country of the dead.
Ah, it is a wild, sweet land
Where the coming May is planned,
Where such influences throb
As our frosts can never rob
Of their triumph, when they bound
Through the tree and from the ground.
Great within me is my soul.
Great to journey to its goal.
To the country of the dead ;
For the cornel-tips are red,
And a passion rich in strife
Drives me toward the home of life.
Oh, to keep the spring with them
Who have flushed the cornel-stem,
Who imagine at its source
All the year's delicious course,
Then express by wind and light
Something of their rapture's height !