AN EASTER FLOWER GIFT
O DEAREST blooms the season know,
Flowers of the Resurrection blow,
Our hope and faith restore;
And through the bitterness of death
And loss and sorrow, breathe a breath
Of life forevermore!
The thought of Love Immortal blends
With fond remembrances of friends;
In you, O sacred flowers,
By human love made doubly sweet,
The heavenly and earthly meet,
The heart of Christ and ours!
Uit: Religious Poems,
in The Poetical Works of
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)