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January 31, 2011, 3:58 pm
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It’s been a long hard winter and it continues.  Last night it was minus nine degrees celsius in urban Birmingham.  Frost still covers half the lawn.  I have a heavy cold and hacking cough, making me exhausted from lack of sleep and drugged from strong medicine.

Yet, yesterday, as I rushed out the door to get ready for the first Mass, I caught a glimpse, a promise of Spring, the first – tiny – primrose of the year giving such colour and beauty in the garden.

And here, weeks, months, early, but in expectation after that first sight, that first smell is Gerard Manley Hopkins’ Spring:

Nothing is so beautiful as spring—
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling. 

What is all this juice and all this joy?
A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden.—Have, get, before it cloy,
Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.

– Gerard Manley Hopkins

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I wish you can recover your health plenty and very soon even in the winter. Here, in Brazil, we´re living one of the hottest summer of all time. Believe me, the temp is around 35 Celsius degree, and this one is not an ordinary mark.
But, in the end, the weather just happens to be. José Carlos

Comment by José Carlos da Costa

Thanks Jose Carlos. Enjoy the heat! Today here it is raining and will be 8 degrees celsius, so better than yesterday. I will be fine; it is just a bad cough and cold.


Comment by pilgrimpace

I love that poem. Get well soon.

Comment by solitary walker

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