Thursday, June 23, 2011

Smart: the flowers

Thursday, June 23, 2011
    Feast of Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, c.678
    [Jesus:] “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.”
    —Matthew 6:28-29 (NIV)
For the flowers are great blessings.
For the Lord made a Nosegay in the meadow with his disciples and preached upon the lily...
For the flowers have great virtues for all senses.
For the flower glorifies God and the root parries the adversary.
For the flowers have their angels even the words of God’s creation...
For there is a language of flowers.
For there is a sound reasoning upon all flowers.
For elegant phrases are nothing but flowers.
For flowers are peculiarly the poetry of Christ.
    ... Christopher Smart (1722-1771), Jubilate Agno [1759], R. Hart-Davis, 1954, p. 105 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your creation praises You.
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