Greetings fellow Bookworms, and Page turners,
Just like that, its suddenly April.
Welcome back to our “Quote of the month” segment where we will be looking at some interesting quotes from famous writers and playwrights of all generations.
As the gardens of England, begin to come to life between the sleet, snow and heavy showers, I’m reminded of “Home Thoughts, from Abroad” by Robert Browning.
“Oh to be in England now that April’s there.” –Robert Browning, Poet & Playwright
Home Thoughts, from Abroad” is a poem by Robert Browning. It was written in 1845 while Browning was on a visit to northern Italy, and was first published in his Dramatic Romances and Lyrics. It is considered an exemplary work of Romantic literature for its evocation of a sense of longing and sentimental references to the natural beauty of England.
For those of you unfamiliar with the piece, do not fear; here it is:
Oh, to be in England
Now that April’s there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
And after April, when May follows,
And the whitethroat builds, and all the swallows!
Hark, where my blossomed pear-tree in the hedge
Leans to the field and scatters on the clover
Blossoms and dewdrops—at the bent spray’s edge—
That’s the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture!
And though the fields look rough with hoary dew,
All will be gay when noontide wakes anew
The buttercups, the little children’s dower
—Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!
Until Next Time, Read More Books!….