Monday, April 30, 2012

May is Mary's Month

  • May Magnificat

    • MAY is Mary's month, and I
      Muse at that and wonder why:
      Her feasts follow reason,
      Dated due to season-

      Candlemas, Lady Day;
      But the Lady Month, May,
      Why fasten that upon her,
      With a feasting in her honour?

      Is it only its being brighter
      Than the most are must delight her?
      Is it opportunest
      And flowers finds soonest?

      Ask of her, the mighty mother:
      Her reply puts this other
      Question: What is Spring?-
      Growth in every thing-

      Flesh and fleece, fur and feather,
      Grass and greenworld all together;
      Star-eyed strawberry-breasted
      Throstle above her nested

      Cluster of bugle blue eggs thin
      Forms and warms the life within;
      And bird and blossom swell
      In sod or sheath or shell.

      All things rising, all things sizing
      Mary sees, sympathising
      With that world of good,
      Nature's motherhood.

      Their magnifying of each its kind
      With delight calls to mind
      How she did in her stored
      Magnify the Lord.

      Well but there was more than this:
      Spring's universal bliss
      Much, had much to say
      To offering Mary May.

      When drop-of-blood-and-foam-dapple
      Bloom lights the orchard-apple
      And thicket and thorp are merry
      With silver-surfed cherry

      And azuring-over greybell makes
      Wood banks and brakes wash wet like lakes
      And magic cuckoocall
      Caps, clears, and clinches all-

      This ecstasy all through mothering earth
      Tells Mary her mirth till Christ's birth
      To remember and exultation
      In God who was her salvation.

      Gerard Manley Hopkins

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