"April, April, Laugh Thy Girlish Laughter"
Context: In this short poem entitled "Song" Sir William Watson creates an impression of the month of April. In twelve short lines the poet describes not only the changing mood of the month from the unpredictability of the early spring when April laughs its "girlish laughter" to a more mature phase when the laughter has become golden, but also his own relation to April. The poet personifies the month; then his relationship with April becomes that of a lover with his beloved. The complete poem is as follows:
April, April,Laugh thy girlish laughter;Then, the moment after,Weep thy girlish tears!April, that mine earsLike a lover greetest,If I tell thee, sweetest,All my hopes and fears,April, April,Laugh thy golden laughter,But, the moment after,Weep thy golden tears!