Saturday, 7 April 2012

Easter Blessings

Iona Abbey and Cross

Wishing all the friendly followers of this blog a very Happy and Blessed Easter, whatever your faith or beliefs. I took the above black and white photo at Iona many years ago but I still like the starkness.

Thought you might like the following 9th century medieval poem from my favourite book of Medieval Latin Lyrics, translated from the original Latin (not by me!). It's such a lovely picture of nature too at this time of year.

Easter Sunday by Sedulius Scottus

Last night did Christ the Sun rise from the dark,
The mystic harvest of the fields of God,
And now the little wandering tribes of bees
Are brawling in the scarlet flowers abroad.
The winds are soft with birdsong; all night long
Darkling the nightingale her descant told,
And now inside church doors the happy folk
The Alleluia chant a hundredfold.
O father of thy folk, be thine by right
The Easter joy, the threshold of the light.


joanne fox said...

'Threshold of the light' is such a lovely phrase. Happy easter to you and yours.

Paula Martin said...

Lovely poem - and Happy Easter to you.

Deborah (Debs) Carr said...

Thanks for the beautiful poem.

Happy Easter.

Carolb said...

Happy Easter, and thanks for the lovely poem to go with it, Rosemary

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks everyone - have a good day tomorrow!

Joanna said...

Thank you, Rosemary, for a beautiful picture of Iona and a lovely verse.
I especially like the line about the wind soft with birdsong.
Have a very peaceful and happy Easter and thanks for a lovely post.

Talli Roland said...

Wonderful words.

Have a fabulous Easter!

Suzanne Jones said...

What a lovely poem.

Hope you're enjoying a happy and peaceful Easter.


Patsy said...

Love the brawling bees!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks Joanna - hope you had a lovely day!

Thanks Talli!

Hi Suzanne. Thanks for the comment and for following!

Thought that was an unusual phrase, Patsy!

Teresa Ashby said...

That's really lovely, Rosemary. Hope you had a lovely Easter x

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks, Teresa - hope you had a good time too!