SEEKING BEAUTY

31st October 2011

Cold winds can never freeze, nor thunder sour
The cup of cheer that beauty draws for me
Out of those Azure heavens and this green earth
I drink and drink, and thirst the more I see.

To see the dewdrops thrill the blades of grass,
Makes my whole body shake; for here's my choice
Of either sun or shade, and both are green
A chaffinch laughs in a melodious voice,

The banks are stormed by speedwell,that blue flower
So like a little heaven with one star out;
I see an amber lake of buttercups,
And Hawthorn thorns the hedges round about.

The old Oak tree now looks so green and young,
That even swallows peach a while and sing:
This is the time of year, so sweet and warm,
When bats wait not for stars ere they take wing.

As long as I love beauty I am young,
Am young or old as I love more or less;
When beauty is not heeded or seems stale,
My life's a cheat, let death end my distress.