"Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest."
~ Henry Van Dyke

Thursday, July 1, 2010

A picture of a rose.....

My Edith Holden cluster rose has been blooming so beautifully. And some words written by Louisa May Alcott to celebrate...


O flower at my window
Why blossom you so fair,
With your green and purple cup
Upturned to sun and air?
'I bloom, blithesome Bessie,
To cheer your childish heart;
The world is full of labor,
And this shall be my part.'
Whirl, busy wheel, faster,
Spin, little thread, spin;
The sun shines fair without,
And we are gay within.

O robin in the tree-top,
With sunshine on your breast,
Why brood you so patiently
Above your hidden nest?
'I brood, blithesome Bessie,
And sing my humble song,
That the world may have more music
From my little ones erelong.'
Whirl, busy wheel, faster,
Spin, little thread, spin;
The sun shines fair without,
And we are gay within.


O balmy wind of summer,
O silver-singing brook,
Why rustle through the branches?
Why shimmer in your nook?
'I flutter, blithesome Bessie,
Like a blessing far and wide;
I scatter bloom and verdue
Where'er my footsteps glide.'
Whirl, busy wheel, faster,
Spin, little thread, spin;
The sun shines fair without,
And we are gay within.

O brook and breeze and blossom,
And robin on the tree,
You make a joy of duty,
A pride of industry;
Teach me to work as blithely,
With a willing hand and heart:
The world is full of labor,
And I must do my part.
Whirl, busy wheel, faster,
Spin, little thread, spin;
The sun shines fair without,
And we are gay within.

With my journey on the All Things Alcott challenge, I am enjoying discovering new things including this poem which I read for the first time called 'The Rose Family - Song 1'.

9 comments:

Wild Rose said...

This is such a beautiful rose Heidi. The colour is gorgeous and I can only imagine the scent.

Enjoy the summer.

Marie x

Nancy said...

That is a very beautiful Rose and very fitting that Wild Rose was the first to comment. LOL.
Love Mom

Saskia said...

You know me, and Roses. Very pretty color!
knuffels
en nu ga ik echt wat 'huishouden achtigs' doen...

Ginny said...

What a stunning rose! The petal arrangement is gorgeous in its simplicity, and the color is lovely.

Tracy said...

Oh, so lovely, Heidi... This post says SUMMER! Our climbing roses were hard hit by frost earlier this year, but they are coming around, and my just bloom for us yet. LOVE the new look here--so romantic. Happy Days, my friend ((HUGS))

DonnaTN said...

Such a beautiful rose! I love the color and Alcott poem.

Brigitte said...

I have just enjoyed all your June entries. And this blog post with the wonderful rose and the precious poem is just as lovely as all the others.

Littlebit said...

Heidi, what a beautiful rose! If I might comment on the previous post, though, I am so with you on having to pack those books..there is just something about not seeing them when you walk into a room. If I were to build a house and $ were no object, I would have the grandest of libraries! LoL! I zoomed in on the pic of some of your books--oh my goodness..we must enjoy the same thing! I saw The Vineyard..I read that YEARS ago..Mitford..all sorts of things in there that we share. Somewhere on my blog is a pic of the book shelves my husband built for me when I outgrew the previous ones he built..I did sort and donate, but now I have more space to fill. Ahh, life is good. lol! Have a great weekend!

Jenny said...

Oh Heidi your rose is beautiful. I just love the color. The poem is wonderful too and everything about this post sings summer. My roses are blooming just beautifully this year, in fact I was just outside looking for ones to cut and bring inside. We have baby birds in our trees, our vegetables are coming along and my sunflowers just popped up out of the ground last night. Oh I love summer. Hope you have a gteat weekend. Hugs from CA.