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On May Morning by John Milton


"On May Morning" is a poem by Milton, also known as "Song On May Morning". It has been an influence to poets for centuries. This poem gives tribute to spring and the wonderful month of May. He talks of how the sun shines across the grass and the flowers blooming.

This poem is written as a single ten-line stanza. It has a rhyme scheme of AABBCCDDEE, also known as couplets. However, it is also written in iambic pentameter. This means that it is actually heroic couplets (iambic pentameters that rhyme back to back).

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On May Morning

Now the bright morning Star, Day's harbinger,
Comes dancing from the East, and leads with her
The Flowery May, who from her green lap throws
The yellow Cowslip, and the pale Primrose.
Hail bounteous May that dost inspire
Mirth and youth, and warm desire, 
Woods and Groves, are of thy dressing,
Hill and Dale, doth boast thy blessing.
Thus we salute thee with our early Song,
And welcome thee, and wish thee long.


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