A prayer for spring from one of America’s greatest poets

Robert Frost is famous for writing “The Road Not Taken” and Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening.”

But he also captured the feeling of gratitude to God that many feel as they leave behind a harsh winter in his poem “A Prayer for Spring.”

Peter Gilbert, a commentator on Vermont Public Radio, writes the poem written in 1915 when Frost was 32 has an important message for us today: “Too often we have difficulty simply being in the present,” Gilbert says. “And so in his poem, Robert Frost asks that he recognize the stunning beauty of spring and take pleasure in the present moment.”

It’s a good reminder for us all.

Here is the poem

A Prayer in Spring

OH, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.