Friday, April 10, 2009

THE SPRING WALK

We had a pleasant walk to-day,
Over the meadows and far away;
Across the bridge by the water-mill,
By the green wood-side, and up the hill;
And if you listen to what I say,
I well tell you what we saw today.
Amid a hedge, where the first fresh leaves
Were peeping forth, so green and sly,
Where dasies opened to the sun,
In a broad meadow, green and white,
The lambs were racing eagerly;
We never saw a prettier sight.
We saw the yellow wall-flower wave
Upon a moldering castle wall;
And then we watched the busy rooks
Among the ancient elm-trees tall.
And leaning from the old stone bridge,
Below, we saw our shadows lie;
And through the gloomy arches watched
The swift and fearless swallows fly.
We heard the speckled-breasted lark,
as it sang somewhere out of sight;
And tried to find it, but the sky
Was filled with clouds of dazzling light.
We saw young rabbits near the wood,
We heard a pheasant's wings go "whir;"
And then we saw a squirrel leap
From an old oak-tree to a fir.
Were I to tell you all we saw,
I'm sure that it would take me hours:
For hill and meadow were alive
With bees, and birds, and buds, and
flowers.

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3 comments:

lorhen82 said...

What a great poem...it makes me want to be there! Have a very blessed Easter, sweetie! ~Lori

~♥~ Monica S said...

Sweet!

Hope your easter has been lovely!

Monica

Kim said...

I hope your Easter was as sweet as this poem Stef :)

Happiness

The sum of happiness is made up of a thousand details. A little kindness done one less fortunate gives the heart a beat of pleasure that no millinery or laces or jewels can possibly inspire.
To overcome prejudice is more satisfying than a ten-course dinner.
To subdue a difficulty and smother a selfish disire is to become strong and splendid.
If life is worth living at all, it is worth living in a state of progress and improvement.
If we moan and groan, filling the air with dissatisfaction and gloom, we can scarcely hope to partake of much contentment.
All you need is a good thump on the back by some cheerful soul who has faith in you, and promise to yourself that you will face your work and your worries cheerfully,-(Selected)