To see the cherry hung with snow

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)

3 thoughts on “To see the cherry hung with snow

    1. 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. 🙂

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