Nature Inspirations for March 2020 include: Nature Poem: The First Spring Day, Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) and Nature Music Piece: Symphony no. 3 in E-flat Major (“Rhenish”), Schumann

 

Nature Poem

The First Spring Day

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

 

I wonder if the sap is stirring yet,

If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate,

If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun

And crocus fires are kindling one by one:

Sing, robin, sing;

I still am sore in doubt concerning Spring.

 

I wonder if the spring tide of this year

Will bring another Spring both lost and dear;

If heart and spirit will find out their Spring,

Or if the world alone will bud and sing:

Sing, hope, to me;

Sweet notes, my hope, soft notes for memory.

 

The sap will surely quicken soon or late,

The tardiest bird will twitter to a mate;

So Spring must dawn again with warmth and bloom,

Or in this world, or in the world to come:

Sing, voice of Spring,

Till I too blossom and rejoice and sing.

 

 

Nature Music Piece

Symphony no. 3 in E-flat Major (“Rhenish”)

Schumann