On Keats

A garden in a garden : a green spot         Where all is green : most fitting slumber-place         For the strong man grown weary of a race Soon over. Unto him a goodly lot Hath fallen in fertile ground ; there thorns are not,         But his own daisies ; silence, full of grace,         Surely hath shed …

Sursum Corda

‘Lift up your hearts’ ‘We lift them up.’ Ah me! I cannot, Lord, lift up my heart to Thee : Stoop, lift it up, that where Thou art           I too may be. ‘Give Me thy heart.’ I would not say Thee nay, But have no power to keep or give away My heart : stoop, …

Symbols

I watched a rosebud very long      Brought on by dew and sun and shower,      Waiting to see the perfect flower : Then, when I thought it should be strong,      It opened at the matin hour And fell at evensong. I watched a nest from day to day,      A green nest full of pleasant shade,      Wherein …

Herself a rose

Herself a rose, who bore the Rose      She bore the Rose and felt its thorn.      All Loveliness new-born Took on her bosom its repose,           And slept and woke there night and morn. Lily herself, she bore the one      Fair Lily ; sweeter, whiter, far      Than she or others are : The Sun of Righteousness her …

The First Spring Day

I wonder if the sap is stirring yet, If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate, If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun And crocus fires are kindling one by one:      Sing, robin, sing; I still am sore in doubt concerning Spring. I wonder if the Springtide of this year Will bring another Spring …