All this juice and joy

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Spring finally showed up in Toronto.  And along with it, the cherry blossoms in High Park, a week-long canopy of blossoms.  The park was packed with people guzzling in Spring, creation’s bacchanalia of juice and joy.

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Spring – Gerard Manley Hopkins

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.

What is all this juice and all this joy?
A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden. – Have, get, before it cloy,
Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.

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  1. #1 by Dianne Mantyka on May 10, 2015 - 10:40 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!!

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