A Prayer in Spring🏵

Robert Frost, one of the most celebrated figures in American poetry, was born in San Francisco on 26 March 1874. He died in Boston in 1963

His first poetry collection was “A Boy’s Will” published in 1913. “A Prayer in Spring” is its tenth poem: it describes the greatness of love found not in distant thoughts but in those within reach which may help discover God’s plan.

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.

In this meditation on natural themes the poet asks God to grant us peace and happiness through nature and expresses the hope that we may learn to enjoy the present (“simply in the spring of the year”) since there is nothing we can do about the future (“the uncertain harvest”)
Therefore, we should be happy with the beautiful things of spring, which are “love” and everyone can sense and appreciate.
The things we do not understand are “reserved for God above” who uses them for his own will.
But spring with its flowers, birds, and bees can bring us a simple pleasure, easily understood.

Una preghiera a primavera 💮

Oh, lasciaci gioire dei fiori oggi;
e non farci andare col pensiero lontano
come al raccolto incerto; tienici tutti qui
semplicemente nella primavera dell’anno.

Oh, lasciaci gioire del frutteto bianco,
simile a null’altro di giorno, a un fantasma di notte;
e rendici felici con le api felici,
e il loro sciame che si dilata intorno ad alberi perfetti.

E rendici felici con l’uccello sfrecciante
che all’improvviso si sente sopra le api,
una meteora che si insinua come un ago,
e si ferma a mezz’aria immobile su di un fiore.

Perché questo e null’altro è amore,
quello che è riservato a Dio lassù
per santificare ciò che è nella sua volontà,
ma che deve solo essere realizzato da noi.
(L.Z)

64 thoughts on “A Prayer in Spring🏵

  1. Ahh …, Luisa, this is such a deep and yet seemingly simple poem. Reminding us of
    the blessing we have now – in this case spring. Stop worrying, just enjoy the wonder around.

    Your photo is so beautifully presented. All this new and wonderful blossoms within an oval frame.
    🌸🎍💕.

    Miriam

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  2. Beautiful, Luisa. There are things that have happened in my life that I’m glad I didn’t know about ahead of time, because they would have spoiled my enjoyment of the times that came before. Enjoying the present and trusting God with the future is wisdom.

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  3. Ciao. Io conosco una poesia di RFobert Frost, ne ricordo pochi versi. Sai dove seppi di quella poesia? Non leggendo, ma in un film, versi usati per dare comandi ipnotici a persone opportunamente “trattate” ad eseguire ordini, come compiere un sabotaggio eccetera. Dopo, moltissimi anni dopo dal web seppi di Frost che della poesia e’ appunto l’autiore. Se ti scrivo “telephone”, hai quasi certamente capito. Una ignara casalinga – gli ordini da eseguire erano relegati nel suo inconcio..- correva al televono, “prodo, chi parla?”. SDall’altro capo, una cupa voce: “i boschi sono belli, oscuri e profondi. Ma ho promesse da mantenere, e miglia da percorrere, prima di dormire”. La casalinga cadeva come in trance e ripeteva sommesaamente “si’.miglia da percorrere…prima di dor…mire..”, ed eseguiva quando le era stato precedentemente ordinato in ipnosi. Charles Bronson “telephone”, stupendo. Ciao Luisa.

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  4. Tutto si riunisce in modo che la nuova stagione ci dia il meglio della natura: i fiori. Una magnifica poesia Luisa. Mi è piaciuto perché è ben realizzato. Un tocco di gioia per passare una nuova quarantena più severa. I miei saluti.
    Manuel Angel

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  5. Thank you for this. “the swarm dilating round the perfect trees” – wonderful. Reminds me of simpler times when the immediacy of nature was all that mattered.

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  7. There is so much pleasure in “the darting bird 🐦that suddenly above the bees 🐝 is heard..” and the “orchard white” and the rest of nature..it is a natural spa free for all to dip in every now and then. And yes best to leave that which we can’t understand to the One who does!
    Lovely post..just discovered it!

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