The Ladies' Tea Guild

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter blessings!


The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
-- Psalm 103:8-11

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.
-- A. E. Housman, "A Shropshire Lad", 1887


Ashley said...

I just love Housman! (English major here *wink wink*)

South Bay Ladies' Tea Guild said...

Greetings, fellow English major! I don't remember reading much of Housman's poetry in college, but I like this piece! Unfortunately, we haven't had much of that sunny spring weather yet, only a few gorgeous moments here and there. Anyway, thanks for dropping by The Cup That Cheers!

Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And, while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column, and the cups
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
-- William Cowper (1731-1800)
"The Winter Evening" (Book Four), _The Task_ (1784)