A poem for Easter

It’s been a while since I came across A E Housman, but this lovely poem is just right for Easter and the first cherry blossoms that are braving the April winds.

Prunus, wild cherry blossomLoveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride

Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go

To see the cherry hung with snow.

A E Housman, ‘A Shropshire Lad


  1. Our Cherry has yet to burst….at the moment its the Blackthorn that reigns. Nice words

  2. Lovely. Cherry blossom not yet out here – I can’t wait.

  3. The words and photo go so well together, lovely 🙂

  4. One look at that picture and I’m sure I caught a whiff. Lovely poem. Happy Easter.

  5. What a lovely choice of poems. I’m certain I can hear the birds and smell the sweet wind.
    Thank you, Jo.

  6. What a lovely poem Jo. Our Cherry Trees are just beginning to look a little autumnal but summer lingers here during the day and we are still dry. Looking forward to your frothy spring blossom photos….

    • I wonder if we are in for another long hot summer too. Just planning a post on hawthorn, plenty of frothy blossom there! 🙂

      • I do hope you get a long hot summer Jo. They do help build resources for the winter and the long, dark days. My youngest son and his wife are on their OE based in London right now so they will be hoping for some great weather.

      • I hope so too, Lyn, the warm summer last year seems to have done wonders for some bird populations and insects as well. Exciting for your son and daughter-in-law – hope they are having a great time!

  7. Thanks!Happy Easter! Traditional spring festival in the heart!For you and my!

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