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 Volume 1.15 This View’s Poetry May 20, 2002 

    In the Valley of the Elwy    

I remember a house where all were good
  To me, God knows, deserving no such thing:
  Comforting smell breathed at very entering,
Fetched fresh, as I suppose, off some sweet wood.
That cordial air made those kind people a hood
  All over, as a bevy of eggs the mothering wing
  Will, or mild nights the new morsels of spring:
Why, it seemed of course; seemed of right it should.

Lovely the woods, waters, meadows, combes, vales,
All the air things wear that build this world of Wales;
  Only the inmate does not correspond:
God, lover of souls, swaying considerate scales,
Complete thy creature dear O where it fails,
  Being mighty a master, being a father and fond.

    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)    
    Poems (1918) May 23, 1877
ed. Robert Bridges

    A Stein Song (From “Spring”)    

Give a rouse, then, in the Maytime
  For a life that knows no fear!
Turn night-time into daytime
  With the sunlight of good cheer!
      For it’s always fair weather
      When good fellows get together,
  With a stein on the table and a good song ringing clear.

When the wind comes up from Cuba,
  And the birds are on the wing,
And our hearts are patting juba
  To the banjo of the spring,
      Then it’s no wonder whether
      The boys will get together,
  With a stein on the table and a cheer for everything.

For we’re all frank-and-twenty
  When the spring is in the air;
And we’ve faith and hope a-plenty,
  And we’ve life and love to spare;
      And it’s birds of a feather
      When we all get together,
  With a stein on the table and a heart without a care.

For we know the world is glorious,
  And the goal a golden thing,
And that God is not censorious
  When his children have their fling;
      And life slips its tether
      When the boys get together,
  With a stein on the table in the fellowship of spring.

    Richard Hovey (1864–1900)    
    Modern American Poetry (1919) # 31
ed. Louis Untermeyer

    A Prayer in Spring    

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
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,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.

    Robert Frost (1874-1963)    
    The Poetry of Robert Frost p. 12
ed. Edward Connery Lathem

    From the Silence of Time, Time’s Silence borrow.
In the heart of To-day is the word of To-morrow.
The Builders of Joy are the Children of Sorrow.
    William Sharp (1856-1902)    
    Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse p. 400    

 Volume 1.15 This View’s Poetry May 20, 2002 

The View from the Core, and all original material, © E. L. Core 2002. All rights reserved.

Cor ad cor loquitur J. H. Newman — “Heart speaks to heart”