Poetry 140: ‘Loveliest of trees, the cherry now’ by A E Housman

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now4515670015_1afa21509d_o
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my three score 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.

[Poem II from the cycle ‘A Shropshire Lad’]

If you would like to suggest a poem for inclusion in this series then please email me at richard@middlewaysociety.org.

About Jim Champion

As a student Jim specialised in theoretical physics, up to PhD level, and then trained as a secondary school teacher in Birmingham. In 2004 he returned to Hampshire to teach physics. He first encountered the Middle Way Society in 2015, and has been practicing The Middle Way ever since.

One thought on “Poetry 140: ‘Loveliest of trees, the cherry now’ by A E Housman

  1. A lovely poem. My favourite rendition is its setting by Vaughan-Williams in his ‘Songs of Travel’: Anthony-Rolfe Johnson, tenor; David Willison, piano. Sublime.

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