JUNGE LEIDEN: A SPRING TROUBLE
All the meadowlands were gay
Once upon a morn of May;
All the tree of life was dight
With the blossoms of delight.
And my whole heart was a-tune
With the songs of long ere noon—
Dew-bedecked and fresh and free,
As the un-sunned meadows be.
‘Lo!’ I said unto my spirit,
‘Earth and sky dost thou inherit.’
Forth I wandered, void of care,
In the largesse of the air.
By there came a damosel,
At a look I loved her well :
But she passed and would not stay—
And all the rest has gone away.
And now no fields are fair to see,
Nor any bud on any tree;
Nor have I share in earth or sky—
All for a maiden’s passing by!
MacDonald, W. “Junge Leiden: A Spring Trouble.” The Evergreen: A Northern Seasonal, vol. 1, Spring 1895, p. 91. Evergreen Digital Edition, edited by Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, 2016-2018. Yellow Nineties 2.0, General Editor Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, Ryerson University Centre for Digital Humanities, 2019. https://1890s.ca/egv1_macdonald_trouble/