After a bleak and dreary few days, this morning broke with some welcome Spring sunshine, to chase away those rainy blues. How long the sun’s warming rays will grace us with their presence, who knows? Let’s just make the most of it, whilst it is here.
SPRING FLOWERS by JOHN KEBLE (1792-1866)
Words Taken from:-
‘POEMS OF THE SEASONS‘ Illustrated by GORDON BENINGFIELD.
The loveliest flowers the closest cling to earth,
And they first feel the sun; so violets blue,
So the soft star-like primrose drenched in dew,
The happiest of Spring’s happy, fragrant birth,
To gentlest touches sweetest tones reply;-
Still humbleness with her low-breathed voice
Can steal 0’er man’s proud heart, and win his choice
From earth to heaven, with mightier witchery
Than eloquence or wisdom e’er could own.
Bloom on then in your shade, contented bloom,
Sweet flowers, nor deem yourselves to all unknown,
Heaven knows you, who one day for their altered doom
Shall thank you, taught by you to abase themselves and live.
Gordon Beningfield (31 October 1936, London–1998) was an eloquent, influential advocate for the protection of the English countryside and its varied wildlife – and one of Britain’s most talented, versatile wildlife and countryside artists.