Chaucer: The Tender Shoots and Leaves, and the Young Sun

I know Geoffrey Chaucer speaks of April and March but over here we’re quite a month behind Nature’s calendar, so the Prologue from the Canterbury Tales still applies, showers excluded…

Green plums / Credit: communicationxdevelopment.wordpress.com

Green plums / Credit: communicationxdevelopment.wordpress.com

When in April the sweet showers fall

That pierce March’s drought to the root and all

And bathed every vein in liquor that has power

To generate therein and sire the flower;

When Zephyr also has with his sweet breath,

Filled again, in every holt and heath,

The tender shoots and leaves, and the young sun

His half-course in the sign of the Ram has run,

And many little birds make melody

That sleep through all the night with open eye [..]

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About Cristina Popa

Cristina is a WordPress blogger who regularly writes or shares updates on media, public affairs and various topics of interest. You may follow her on Communication for Development WP blog or Twitter @CristinaPopa0
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