More loving lines from George Herbert’s ‘Easter’ poem. Herbert was a cleric and his poem is religious, but even if you aren’t, this has a wholehearted generosity to it; one person bringing what feels like armfuls of gifts to another, only to find that they have been pipped to the post in terms of gathering sweetness for another.

‘I got me flowers to straw thy way;

I got me boughs off many a tree:

But thou wast up by break of day,

And brought’st thy sweets along with thee.’

By the way, those are ‘pasque flowers’ in the photo, chosen for its resonance of Easter. See another thought from the same poem, encouraging us to treat each day as a unique gift of time and life.


Source: ‘Easter’, George Herbert, quoted in John Drury, Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert (London: Penguin Books, 2014), p. 234

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