Monday, March 15, 2010

A Prayer in Spring


Robert Frost (1915)

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 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.

2 comments:

Ms Hen said...

Thank you for this...so beautiful..!!

John Ettorre said...

Thanks, Diane. Reading this just gave me the sensation of oxygen filling up my lungs. Just like the feeling of the first spring air invites you to breathe it all in, deeply.