A Prayer in Spring

Robert Frost 1874 (San Francisco) – 1963 (Boston)



Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on May 03, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AAXX BBCC DDEE FFEE
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 662
Words 131
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4

Robert Frost

Robert Lee Frost was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in America. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. more…

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