By LornaL

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now - illustrated

Here Lorna has illustrated A Shropshire lad 2 by AE Housman (1896). The main message of the poem is to appreciate the present, for life is short. This probably chimed loudly with someone who was born just before the start of one world war in 1914 and spent her childhood in its shadow, and then found herself living through another one from 1939 onwards.

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.

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