The Cherry Tree

Come from your bed my drowsy gentleman!
And you, fair lady, rise and braid your hair,
And let the children wash, if wash they can;
If not, assist you them, and make them fair
As is the morning and the morning sky,
And every tree and bush and bird in air.

The sun climbed on the heights three hours ago,
He laughed above the hills and they were glad;
With bubbled pearl he made the rivers flow
And laced their mists in silver, and he clad
The meads in fragrant pomp of green and gold,
And bade the world forget it had been sad.

So lift yourself, good sir! and you, sweet dame,
Unlash your evening eyes of pious grey;
Call on the children by each loved name,
And set them on the grass and let them play;
And play with them a while, and sing with them
Beneath the cherry bush a roundelay.

by James Stephens

Comments (31)

how would one really know.. why would i be that careless //
it was in relation to my life not another.. // lunchables like really //
I remember this poem from my childhood, many years ago. Sometimes, it seemed like just a silly little poem. Other times, it was a serious statement of how I felt at a particular time. All these years later, it's become a very pleasant memory.
I regret making this poem
cant change it because of me being stupid /macintosh /
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