In honour of time spent in nature’s bright and gentle company yesterday, I wanted to share some reflective verse and photographs:
Benediction for Bluebells
Woodland floor, engulfed in precious purple petals,
Hues of magical violet softly illuminate my sight,
Shine forth, ye gathering crowds of bluebells,
Your springtime violet copse spreads pure delight!
Fragrant faces of flowers, grace the sodden ground,
No greater English beauty; there can be found.
By Virginia Burges
The Bluebell ~ by Emily Bronte
The Bluebell is the sweetest flower
That waves in summer air:
Its blossoms have the mightiest power
To soothe my spirit’s care.
There is a spell in purple heath
Too wildly, sadly dear;
The violet has a fragrant breath,
But fragrance will not cheer,
The trees are bare, the sun is cold,
And seldom, seldom seen;
The heavens have lost their zone of gold,
And earth her robe of green.
And ice upon the glancing stream
Has cast its sombre shade;
And distant hills and valleys seem
In frozen mist arrayed.
The Bluebell cannot charm me now,
The heath has lost its bloom;
The violets in the glen below,
They yield no sweet perfume.
But, though I mourn the sweet Bluebell,
‘Tis better far away;
I know how fast my tears would swell
To see it smile to-day.
For, oh! when chill the sunbeams fall
Adown that dreary sky,
And gild yon dank and darkened wall
With transient brilliancy;
How do I weep, how do I pine
For the time of flowers to come,
And turn me from that fading shine,
To mourn the fields of home!