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View this email on a browser  Forward to a friend               []   April 27, 2019           Fides, Spes []     Willa Cather []

Joy is come to the little


Pink to the peach and pink to the apple,

White to the pear.

Stars are come to the dogwood,

Astral, pale;

Mists are pink on the red-bud,

Veil after veil.

Flutes for the feathery locusts,

Soft as spray;

Tongues of the lovers for chestnuts, poplars,

Babbling May.

Yellow plumes for the willows’

Wind-blown hair;

Oak trees and sycamores only

Comfortless bare.

Sore from steel and the watching,

Somber and old,—

Wooing robes for the beeches, larches,

Splashed with gold;

Breath o’ love to the lilac,

Warm with noon.—

Great hearts cold when the little

Beat mad so soon.

What is their faith to bear it

Till it come,

Waiting with rain-cloud and swallow,

Frozen, dumb?       This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on April 27, 2019, by the Academy of American Poets.                  []         About This Poem

“Fides, Spes” was published in April Twilights (The Gorham Press, 1903).


Willa Cather was born on December 7, 1873. Best known for her fiction, her poetry collections include April Twilights and Other Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 1923). She died in New York City on April 24, 1947.

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April Twilights and Other Poems []

(Everyman’s Library, 2013)

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"Two Sewing" by Hazel Hall   []           April Guest Editor: Tracy K. Smith

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