Poem about cherry trees

A. E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

from A Shropshire Lad, section II, published London, 1896


Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
to see the cherry hung with snow.