Monday, May 5, 2008
Our Lady St. Mary's Month
"Spring's universal bliss/
Much, had much to say/
To offering Mary May.
Bloom lights the orchard apple/
And thicket and thorp are merry/
With silver-surfed cherry/
And azuring-over greybell makes/
Wood banks and brakes wash wet like lakes/
And magic cuckoocall/
Caps, clears, and clinches all -/
This ecstasy all through mothering earth/
Tells Mary her mirth till Christ's birth/
To remember and exultation/
In God who was her salvation."
Gerard Manley Hopkins - 'May Magnificat.'