|"And the dimpling stream runs laughing by"|
|Primroses scent the grass and add colour|
|The new leaves on the trees in the town are fresh and bright even on a cloudy day|
William Blake (1757-1827) must have felt great delight being in the countryside. This poem from Songs of Innocence is called The Laughing Song. H.E.Bates made the first line famous in The Darling Buds of May series about the Larkin family.
When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy
And the dimpling stream runs laughing by
When the air does laugh with our merry wit
And the green hill laughs with the noise of it.
When the meadows laugh with lively green
And the grasshopper laughs in the merry scene
When Mary and Susan and Emily with their sweet round mouths sing"Ha ha he!'
When the painted birds laugh in the shade
Where our table with cherries and nuts is spread
Come live and be merry and join with me