Sunday, May 2, 2010


A Prayer in Spring
Robert Frost (1915)
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Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
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 in 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 fulfil.


pictures: Wine Cups growing along the roadside; my antique rose bush - blooming her sweet little heart out; a hummingbird at our feeder (it took me FOREVER to get this picture!); Evening Primrose growing beside our sidewalk


  1. lovely post.

    you made me smile about photographing the humming bird.

  2. Linda, I LOVE your new quilt--- bea-u-ti-ful!!

    And I love your shots of the flowers... and that hummingbird!! You caught that one perfectly... so well worth the wait, dear friend... so well worth the wait! Believe it or not, your shot is my first hummingbird peak of the season. I haven't seen any of those little guys around here yet, though we do have lots of other families in town (and lots of nests being built too :) Hopefully we'll have oodles of new babies in the weeks to come; I just love watching them come to the feeders with their mamas. Such a priceless picture of devotion... of mamas fulfilling their God-given role. Truly an example for me... :)

    Have a lovely week ahead, Linda!!

  3. This is beautiful, Linda. Frost gives us a prayer worth praying and your photos are the perfect illustrations!

    Happy May.

  4. What a great poem by Frost
    and the pictures were beautiful
    I need a hummingbird feeder (o: