Monday, April 27, 2020

Rossetti: Spring bursts today

Monday, April 27, 2020
    Feast of Christina Rossetti, Poet, 1894
    So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable...
    —1 Corinthians 15:42 (NIV)
An Easter Carol.

        Spring bursts today,
For Christ is risen and all the earth’s at play.

        Flash forth, thou Sun,
The rain is over and gone, its work is done.

        Winter is past,
Sweet spring is come at last, is come at last.

        Bud, Fig and Vine,
Bud, Olive, fat with fruit and oil and wine.

        Break forth this morn
In roses, thou but yesterday a thorn.

        Uplift thy head,
O pure white lily through the winter dead.

        Beside your dams
Leap and rejoice, you merry-making Lambs.

        All Herds and Flocks
Rejoice, all Beasts of thickets and of rocks.

   & nbsp;    Sing, Creatures, sing,
Angels and Men and Birds, and everything,

        All notes of Doves
Fill all our world: this is the time of loves.
    ... Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), Christina Rossetti: the complete poems, London: Penguin Classics, 2001, p. 363-364 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 15:42-45; Song of Solomon 2:11-13; Isa. 60:1-2; Matt. 6:28-29; John 20:19; Eph. 5:8; 1 John 5:20
Quiet time reflection:
    Hail to the risen Lord!

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