Happy Easter!

... Gather gladness from the skies;

Take a lesson from the ground;

Flowers do ope their heavenward eyes

And a Spring-time joy have found;

Each throws Winter's robes away,

Decks herself for Easter Day.

 

Beauty now for ashes wear;

Perfumes for the garb of woe,

Chaplets for dishevelled hair,

Dances for sad footsteps slow;

Open wide your hearts that they

Let in joy this Easter Day.

 

Seek God's house in happy throng;

Crowded let His table be;

Mingle praises, prayer, and song,

Singing to the Trinity.

Henceforth let your souls alway

Make each morn an Easter Day.

--Gerard Manley Hopkins, from "Easter."

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