“An Easter Flower Gift” by John Greenleaf Whittier

by Ann Neilson

Christos Anesti! Please enjoy this celebratory poem by John Greenleaf Whittier in observation and celebration of Easter.*

An Easter Flower Gift
John Greenleaf Whittier

O dearest bloom the seasons know,
Flowers of the Resurrection blow,
Our hope and faith restore;
And through the bitterness of death
And loss and sorrow, breathe a breath
Of life forevermore!

The thought of Love Immortal blends
With fond remembrances of friends;
In you, O sacred flowers,
By human love made doubly sweet,
The heavenly and the earthly meet,
The heart of Christ and ours!
(Source.)

 

*The Eastern Orthodox observation of Easter is Sunday, April 8 (I am Eastern Orthodox); however, I celebrate both observances of this Holy holiday, and thus am posting this delightful poem today!