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        The human seasons

Four Seasons fill the measure of the year;
     There are four seasons in the mind of man:
He has his lusty Spring, when fancy clear
     Takes in all beauty with an easy span:
He has his Summer, when luxuriously
      Spring's honeyed cud of youthful thought he loves
To ruminate, and by such dreaming nigh
     His nearest unto heaven: quiet coves
His soul has in its Autumn, when his wings
     He furleth close; contented so to look


On mists in idleness - to let fair things
     Pass by unheeded as a threshold brook.
He has his Winter too of pale misfeature,
Or else he would forego his mortal nature. 

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