Apr 16 2017

To see the cherry hung with snow

Published by at 7:15 am under Phenology,Trees

Blooming cherry trees, Paris (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Blooming cherry trees, Paris (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Spend time today to see spring’s beauty. A reminder from A. E. Housman.


Loveliest of trees

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. Housman


(poem: The Loveliest of Trees by A. E. Housman (1859-1936), #II  from “A Shropshire Lad
photo: from Wikimedia Commons. Click on the image to see the original)

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3 Responses to “To see the cherry hung with snow”

  1. Lizon 16 Apr 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Loved that when I was 18. Now at my 3 score and 10, I’m a little wistful

  2. Kate St. Johnon 16 Apr 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Wistful, yes … but the poem spurred me to take a long walk & see the trees. They are beautifully dressed in whites and pinks for Eastertide. … And I see that Houseman lived to be 77 so he got seven more years than he thought he would. Wishing all of us many, many more wonderful years. 🙂

  3. Kurton 16 Apr 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Was watching the Hays nest today and there was a Rufous Sided Towhee singing “Drink your tea!” Nice.

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