Monday, February 10, 2014

Come Spring Come...

The Spring

Now that the winter's gone, the earth hath lost
Her snow-white robes, and now no more the frost
Candies the grass, or casts an icy cream
Upon the silver lake or crystal stream;

But the warm sun thaws the benumbed earth,
And makes it tender; gives a sacred birth
To the dead swallow; wakes in hollow tree
The drowsy cuckoo, and the humble-bee.
Now do a choir of chirping minstrels bring
In triumph to the world the youthful Spring.

The valleys, hills, and woods in rich array
Welcome the coming of the long'd-for May.
Now all things smile, only my love doth lour;
Nor hath the scalding noonday sun the power
To melt that marble ice, which still doth hold
Her heart congeal'd, and makes her pity cold.

The ox, which lately did for shelter fly
Into the stall, doth now securely lie
In open fields; and love no more is made
By the fireside, but in the cooler shade
Amyntas now doth with his Chloris sleep
Under a sycamore, and all things keep
Time with the season; only she doth carry
June in her eyes, in her heart January.

17th century poem just to brighten these oh so dreary days. 
Images courtesy of Google. 


Vickie said...

Lovely! That last photo! Oh my.

Rowyn said...

Aah, such beautiful photos. Spring is my favourite season.

Cindy's Stitching said...

We all need spring. I like the pictures

Margaret said...

Oh gosh, I can't wait. I am so so sick of this winter..... Thanks for the pick me up.

Marlene Jones said...

Love it, thank you for sharing it.

Lesleyanne said...

Beautiful spring pictures.

Marilyn said...

Oh, that was nice, and the pics are just beautiful!
Thanks for sharing it.

Julie said...

Dreaming of some spring colour here too, such a lovely poem, thanks Hazel.

Tracy said...

Just what I needed hun thanks, I am truly fed up of all this cold and rain. It has inspired me to sort some cheery bulbs for the garden

Annette-California said...

SO beautiful Hazel. Thank you for making my day:)
love Annette

Miss LindaLee said...

A beautiful poem and pictures as well. Come on spring!

Also want to thank you for your help with the yarn and all for the crocheted shawlette. I have the yarn ordered. The pattern printed up and the size 6 hook! Looking forward to stitching it up.

Chris said...

Beautiful words and beautiful pics.. and lovely to see you blogging more regularly again.. love that shawl you made and am going to look up that pattern as I made a shawl but it wasn't as big as I wanted and the one you made look huge.
Love and Blessings
Chris xxx

Brigitte said...

Oh Hazel, what a wonderful post. I will savour it more than once.

Shebafudge said...

Gorgeous photos even if spring and summer is just a strange fantasy in my head!