A Prayer In Spring Poem by Robert Frost

A Prayer In Spring

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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.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Walterrean Salley 29 April 2012

In this prayer, Frost has painted a beautiful portrait of the sping, in which he is careful to focus on the positive only. In the last verse... 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. Frost sees and feels God's love in the joy of all such beauty. And acknowledges God. He knows that it is all for God's purpose. And that without the sanctity of God's blessings, such could not, and would not be.

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* Sunprincess * 25 October 2012

this poem has special gifts from God flowers, birds, bees and love..fabulous.. :)

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Bhaswat Chakraborty 28 March 2009

Frost breaks the trichotomy of prayer, love and God. He finds the unity of the three in the beauty of the spring, the beauty of the present!

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Mary Cross 03 April 2013

I have a question of the meaning of the last stanza. I understand that the poem asks to enjoy to beauty of the moment, Spring and not to worry about the uncertain harvest. In the first line of the last stanza, the mystery, beauty of Spring is love and nothing else is love. This is where my confusion begins. Is love/mystery/ beauty/spring reserved for God about....to use whatever way he wants. Does God, mystery, beauty of Spring need something.....are we the only fulfilment...or are we supposed fulfil something? I'm interested in what others might have to say.

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Stephen W 13 February 2013

To Andrew Hoellering: The last verse is not awkwardly expressed, it just isn't as simple as Frost usually is. It requires a high level of language skill to construe. He usually avoids this, but on this occasion found it necessary. It's extremely elegant, perhaps we find it difficult because it uses expressions which are no longer current ('the which') .

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Moe Lester 13 May 2020

this poem sucks, but with class. (see what I did there)

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Practicing Poetess 30 October 2018

Who can help but love Robert Frost? An effective reminder that God gives us fragrant flowers and singing birds, all because He loves us. An aptly chosen Poem of the Day.

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Geeta Radhakrishna Menon 30 October 2018

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day; Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white, And make us happy in the darting bird For this is love and nothing else is love, ............ Only a great poet like Robert Frost could write such a lovely poem that delights the heart.

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