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Sunday, April 29, 2012

"Oh, Fair to See", by Christina Rossetti

Fruit tree in bloom.
Oh! Fair To See 
Oh, fair to see 
Bloom-laden cherry tree, 
Arrayed in sunny white: 
An April day’s delight, 
Oh, fair to see! 

Oh, fair to see 
Fruit-laden cherry tree, 
With balls of shining red 
Decking a leafy head, 
Oh, fair to see! 
-- by Christina Rossetti 


Bernideen said...

Beautiful tree and poem!

South Bay Ladies' Tea Guild said...

Yes, Bernideen, I grew up with Christina Rossetti's poetry, and I really like her work. I love when fruit trees are in bloom, and this was a nice photo that I found on the web. We have an orange tree that is blooming now, so the air is really fragrant (which I love), but orange blossoms aren't very showy like these pink ones. I think that is a peach or apricot tree in the photo.

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)