Monday, March 26, 2007

Happy Birthday, Robert Lee Frost

Robert Frost was born 133 years ago today: March 26, 1874. I've always loved that I get to share a birthday with Frost. Plus it keeps me feeling young!

I couldn't decide what poem to put up in honor of the occasion. It's still a bit too early for "Nothing Gold Can Stay" which I always quote every year when the tree buds have just unfurled and covered the landscape in tender, new green. We're not there, and we're not yet to the buterflied April skies of "Blue-Butterfly Day." I guess I will go with standard Frost spring fare -- and such a lovely standard it is. I can remember trying to imitate this poem with one of my own when I was in 10th grade. Frost's work has always been an inspiration.

A Prayer in Spring

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
To which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends he will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.

-- Robert Frost


Erin said...

Lovely poem! And lovely day overall. It's gorgeous here, so much so that I think I'd better go run around the backyard with Mokey for a while. Very fine day for a birthday!

Erin said...

P.S. I didn't know his middle name was Lee. I don't suppose he was named after the general?

Beth said...

Hee! Yes, he was indeed named after Robert E. Lee. Or at least that's what the timeline of his life I found online somewhere (can't remember where!) earlier today said.

It was a beautiful day for a birthday, and I'm sorry I hardly got any time outdoors. Actually it was a pretty stressful day overall (some problems with a creditor cropped would know it would happen today...urgh!) and I had to work too. But D. and the sweet girl gave me beautiful cards and we had cheesecake *and* ice cream after dinner. Which was lovely!