Spring Quiet

by Christina Rossetti
Gone were but the Winter,
  Come were but the Spring,
I would go to a covert
  Where the birds sing;
Where in the whitethorn
  Singeth a thrush,
And a robin sings
  In the holly-bush.
Full of fresh scents
  Are the budding boughs
Arching high over
  A cool green house:
Full of sweet scents,
  And whispering air
Which sayeth softly:
  'We spread no snare;
'Here dwell in safety,
  Here dwell alone,
With a clear stream
  And a mossy stone.
'Here the sun shineth
  Most shadily;
Here is heard an echo
  Of the far sea,
  Though far off it be.'