Loveliest of Trees, by A.E. Housman

Loveliest of Trees

by A. E. Housman

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.

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Photos from the Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle.

~ by lolarusa on April 4, 2021.

2 Responses to “Loveliest of Trees, by A.E. Housman”

  1. Wonderful pics!!

  2. Thank you for reminding us of this lovely poem and of how Easter weather is meant to be. The weather here in London is unseasonably cold and windy with most of the blossom being blown off the trees. There was even a thin sprinkling of snow earlier, though fortunately it didn’t settle.

    I also like George Butterworth’s setting of the poem, here sung very simply and movingly by Roderick Williams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lchJ3h-4U4w. Butterworth was one of the countless victims of the First World War, dying in 1916 on the Western Front aged 31.

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