Spring's Messengers

Here in East Devon we had the first 'heavy' snowfall for 5 years today, but still the spring bulbs are showing, the witch-hazel in full bloom, and our pink rhododendron in bloom too. Made me think of John Clare's 'Spring Messengers':

Where slanting banks are always with the sun
The daisy is in blossom even now;
And where warm patches by the hedges run
The cottager when coming home from plough
Brings home a cowslip root in flower to set.
Thus ere the Christmas goes the spring is met
Setting up little tents about the fields
In sheltered spots.--Primroses when they get
Behind the wood's old roots, where ivy shields
Their crimpled, curdled leaves, will shine and hide.
Cart ruts and horses' footings scarcely yield
A slur for boys, just crizzled and that's all.
Frost shoots his needles by the small dyke side,
And snow in scarce a feather's seen to fall.

1 comment:

Michelle said...

Beautiful post. I got so mesmerized so I had this printed and place it in my business card holder.