Happy birthday to two great poets

It’s the birthday of English poet Alfred Edward Housman, born in 1859, and American poet Robert Frost, born in 1874. In addition to sharing a birthday, they also share the distinction of having written some exceptionally lovely poems about springtime, and heaven knows we all need a little spring right about now.

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.

— A. E. Houseman (1859-1936)

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.

— Robert Frost (1874-1963)

7 Responses to Happy birthday to two great poets

  1. Reblogged this on My Daily Musing and commented:
    “heaven knows we all need a little spring right about now.” I’ll give that an amen. I can’t wait for trees, flowers etc. to bloom, to see lovely colors because I am getting tired of white and cold.

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  2. Will S. says:

    Reblogged this on Will S.' Sunny Side Blog.

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  3. restlessjo says:

    How lovely! 🙂 I remember the Houseman poem well.

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  6. Zip-a-Dee says:

    Sweet. Did Bob take the pic of his friend? 🙂

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