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Cherry Blossom: “Loveliest of trees, the cherry now”

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From “A Shropshire Lad” by A.E. Housman

 

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now

Is hung with bloom along the bough,

And stands about the woodland ride

Wearing white for Eastertide.

 

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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.

 

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And since to look at things in bloom

Fifty springs is little room,

About the woodlands I will go

To see the cherry hung with snow.

 

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April 26, 2014 - Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem. I’m watching my young blossom tree at the moment!

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    Comment by currankentucky | April 26, 2014 | Reply

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to speak about the poem and to say how you like it. I don’t usually put other people’s work on my blog, but over the last few weeks the Housman words kept coming into my head. The blossom has been amazing this year, dazzling. I particularly love the cherry – we had a tree in our yard when I was a child and I remember liking it so much, finding it so pretty, I felt real sorrow when all the flowers broke up into fragments and then disappeared. Each year the cherry blossom reminds me of that tree. I wonder whether it is still there in the yard. I have been reading your blog, it is very moving, I hope the summer brings you joy.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | April 27, 2014 | Reply

      • Nature gifts us at every corner and deserves to be spoken of and appreciated. I too wish you a wonderful summer, one filled with colour and warmth.

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        Comment by currankentucky | April 27, 2014


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