Songs of the Wind on a Southern Shore, and other Poems of Florida

by George E. Merrick

“Heir of Tropic Spring”

Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1920
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Source: Merrick, G. E. (1920). Songs of the wind on a southern shore, and other poems of florida. The Four Seas Publishing Co.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 7.2
  • Word Count: 116
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Keywords: florida stories, poetry
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To be born in the sweet tropic spring-time
  When honey-steeped breezes sing low;
When birds in the oranges mating
  ‘Midst their bridal-wreath swing to-and-fro;
When even the pine-boughs, each breathing low cheer,
  Lover-like bow to the jessamine near,
And always—cool voicing from palm-choired ocean
  Echo dreamings ‘tis gladness to know.

Oh! To be born in this sweet southern spring-time
  Is to be heir of its joy; the child of its play;
Is to throb to the tune of the sweet-pulsing music
  Unloosed from the harp of a South-loving Fay;
Is to feel the deep bond of this sensuous Beauty,
  The sweet-yielding secrets of tropical May.