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23 February 2016

Commonplace Sampler: February

"When I go into my garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have been doing with my own hands."
-Ralph Waldo Emmerson, quoted in The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook, p10

Early Spring
by Lord Alfred Teneson 
Once more the Heavenly Power
Makes all things new,
And domes the red-plow'd hills
With loving blue;
The blackbirds have their wills,
The throstles too.

Opens a door in heaven;
From skies of glass
A Jacob's ladder falls
On greening grass,
And o'er the mountain-walls
Young angels pass.

Before them fleets the shower,
And burst the buds,
And shine the level lands,
And flash the floods;
The stars are from their hands
Flung thro' the woods,

The woods with living airs
How softly fann'd,
Light airs from where the deep,
All down the sand,
Is breathing in his sleep,
Heard by the land.

O, follow, leaping blood,
The season's lure!
O heart, look down and up
Serene, secure,
Warm as the crocus cup,
Like snowdrops, pure!

Past, Future glimpse and fade
Thro' some slight spell,
A gleam from yonder vale,
Some far blue fell,
And sympathies, how frail,
In sound and smell!

Till at thy chuckled note,
Thou twinkling bird,
The fairy fancies range,
And, lightly stirr'd,
Ring little bells of change
From word to word.

For now the Heavenly Power
Makes all things new,
And thaws the cold, and fills
The flower with dew;
The blackbirds have their wills,
The poets too.


Anne Chovies said...

I like that Teneson poem. I have felt the push to do things I don't normally enjoy doing that comes from surroundings. I don't normally enjoy playing in a garden but sometimes in the spring the sights and smells just make you feel like getting out and playing in the dirt.

Ritsumei said...

It does! This weather has me itching and waiting -none too patiently- to get my hands dirty. But the dirt is still cold mud. I like dirt, but not cold mud!


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