Saturday, April 03, 2010


Break the box and shed the nard;
Stop not now to count the cost;
Hither bring pearl, opal, sard;
Reck not what the poor have lost;
Upon Christ throw all away:
Know ye, this is Easter Day.
Build His church and deck His shrine,
Empty though it be on earth;
Ye have kept your choicest wine—
Let it flow for heavenly mirth;
Pluck the harp and breathe the horn:
Know ye not 'tis Easter morn?
Gather gladness from the skies;
Take a lesson from the ground;
Flowers do ope their heavenward eyes
And a Spring-time joy have found;
Earth throws Winter's robes away,
Decks herself for Easter Day.
Beauty now for ashes wear,
Perfumes for the garb of woe,
Chaplets for dishevelled hair,
Dances for sad footsteps slow;
Open wide your hearts that they
Let in joy this Easter Day.
Seek God's house in happy throng;
Crowded let His table be;
Mingle praises, prayer, and song,
Singing to the Trinity.
Henceforth let your souls always
Make each morn an Easter Day.
Gerard Manley Hopkins 1866

On Easter Day the veil between time and eternity thins to gossamer.  ~Douglas Horton

Pamela Kemke Digital Art

He takes men out of time and makes them feel eternity.  
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

See the land, her Easter keeping,

Rises as her Maker rose.
Seeds, so long in darkness sleeping,

Burst at last from winter snow

Earth with heaven above rejoices...  

~Charles Kingsley

Ye sleeping buds, break

Open your green cerements, and wake
To fragrant blossoming for His sweet sake.  

~Margaret French Patton

Alfred Sisley

Easter Blessings


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Wishing you the loveliest of Easters!

Wanda said...

Your photos are as lovely as the paintings!
Have a Joyful Easter!

Barb said...

Happy Easter to you and Charles, Hildred.

nonizamboni said...

He is risen, indeed! Wonderful post for us 'who Beauty now for ashes wear'--wishing you a glorious day of celebration.