Sunday, 21 June 2015

Bless the balmy air

Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
- Henry James

Say, then say, what is this day,
That it lingers thus with half-closed eyes,
When the sunset is quenched and the orient ray
Of the roseate moon doth rise,
Like a midnight sun o'er the skies!
'Tis the longest, the longest of all the glad year,
The longest in life and the fairest in hue,
When day and night, in bridal light,
Mingle their beings beneath the sweet blue,
And bless the balmy air!

- George Meredith

It is Midsummer's Day, the Longest Day, the Summer Solstice.

Enjoy the daylight - it's the best we are going to get!


  1. Love the Erte,
    If only the day was in reality as lovely as your poem

    1. I know - hardly "balmy", was it? Windy and grey, more like. Jx


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