Possibilities of E.Nesbit

by Anna Blanch on February 24, 2011

Possibilities (1888)
Part of the Easter-tide collection published by E.P. Dutton (1888) 

PRINCESS, sleeping in enchanted bowers,
Earth springs to waking at Spring’s voice
and kiss,
And after Winters cold unlovely hours,
Laughs out to find how beautiful she is.
Spring flings a song across the field and fold,
And sighs it through the glad wood’s tangled ways;
And million, million tales of love are told.
And dreams are dreamed of undivided days.
Tn hollows where so late the dead leaves lay,
Through the dead leaves the primroses push up ;
And wind-flowers fleck the copse, and fields are gay
With daisies and the budding buttercup.
So in our hearts, though thick the dead leaves lie
Of grief —heaped up by winds of old despair

May there not be a Spring-time by-and-by,
When flowers of joy shall blossom even there ?
When late the trees were brown and hedges bare,
And keen east wind cut sharp as human pain.
Did the earth guess how soon she would be fair
With Spring’s dear dainty loveliness again ?
So long has Winter held our hearts in his,
We dare not dream of Spring and all her flowers ?
Ah ! the undreamed-of happiness it is
That comes—the dreamed-of joy is never ours !
                                               — E. Nesbit.

Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland where she’s presently writing her PhD on E.Nesbit. She is also a regular contributor to Transpositions.

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