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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 7 (November 1, 1927)

The Arrival of Persephone Springtime. New Zealand

page 15

The Arrival of Persephone Springtime. New Zealand

Now, o'er the awaking earth, Persephone
Wanders alone with most mysterious power:
Where'er her footsteps touch there springs a flower;
Her song awakes both butterfly and bee.
The budded trees, beneath her magic spell,
Assume a leafy shape of loveliness;
Bold lilies bloom same shaded as her dress,
The colour of her eyes the bluebells tell.
At sight of her sad love-lorn Echo flees
To bid the hills Persephone is here,
And 'possums play contentedly in trees,
The wild birds wing above each stream and mere.
A tui, silent in his screened domain,
Hears her soft-calling voice and sings again.