Ah, the freshness of the green, the cream and pink blossoms, the chirping of the birds..
“In Spring it is the dawn that is most beautiful”
(opening of The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon)
“Her face, delicate as jade, is desolate beneath the heavy tears.
Like a spray of pear blossom in Spring veiled in drops of rain”
(Po Chu-i- on Yang Kwei Fei)
Robert Browning: Home Thoughts from Abroad
“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 In England – now!
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!”
Millais: Apple Blossoms (Spring)
Hai Zi: Face the Sea, with Spring Flowers Blossoming
From tomorrow on, i will be a happy person,
Grooming, chopping, and traveling around the world.
From tomorrow on, i will care for grains and vegetables.
I have a house, facing the sea, with spring flowers blossoming.
From tomorrow on, i will correspond with everyone I love,
Telling them of my happiness.
What the lighting of blessedness has told me,
I will spread to each of them.
And give a warm name to every river and every mountain.
Strangers, i’m also blessing for you,
Wish you a brilliant future,
Wish you can tie the knot with your love,
Wish you enjoy the very happiness in this earthly world.
I only wish, to face the sea, with spring flowers blossoming.