Friday, May 7, 2010

Lusty May

What potent blood hath modest May.- Ralph W. Emerson

delicate red bud
lily of the valley

In somer when the shawes be sheyne,
And leves be large and long,
Hit is full merry in feyre foreste
To here the foulys song.

To see the dere draw to the dale
And leve the hilles hee,
And shadow him in the leves grene
Under the green-wode tree.

Hit befell on Whitsontide
Early in a May mornyng,
The Sonne up faire can shyne,
And the briddis mery can syng

- Anonymous, May in the Green Wode, 15h Century

pink tutus

The month of May was come, when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit;
for like as herbs and trees bring forth fruit and flourish in May, in likewise every lusty heart that is in
any manner a lover, springeth and flourisheth in lusty deeds. For it giveth unto all lovers courage,
that lusty month of May
- Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur

glorious scent

Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their
blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire.

- Virgil

treble clef
apple blossom petals

The new earth quickens as you rise.
The May Queen is waiting.
Feel the pulsing ground call you to journey,
To know the depths of your desire.
The May Queen is waiting.
Moving through the night, the bright moon's flight.
In green and silver on the plain.
She waits for you to return again.
Do not keep Her waiting.
Her temper stings if you refuse to taste Her honey.
Surrender as enchantment brings
The first light of dawning.
Move with Her in sacred dance, through fear to feeling.
Bringing ecstasy to those who dare.
Living earth is breathing.
Loving through the night in the bright moonlight,
As seedlings open with the rain.
She'll long for you to return again.
Do not keep Her waiting.

- Ruth Barren, The May Queen is Waiting

looks tropical
jade and azure
evening lilac

Sweet May hath come to love us,
Flowers, trees, their blossoms don;
And through the blue heavens above us
The very clouds move on
- Heinrich Heine, Book of Songs


  1. Sweet May indeed. cheers from New Zealand Marie

  2. You have such a beautiful garden - inspiring to me, as I have been working on expanding mine every year from just skinny strip of grass between two houses to lush garden. I do need more flowers this year...working on more blooming things!



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