Michaelmas Day

Hurrahing in Harvest

Summer ends now; now barbarous in beauty the stooks rise
Around; up above, what wind-walks! what lovely behaviour
Of silk-sack clouds! has wilder, wilful-wavier
Meal-drift moulded ever and melted across skies?

I walk, I lift up heart, eyes,
Down all that glory in the heavens to glean our Saviour;
And, eyes, heart, what looks, what lips yet gave you a
Rapturous love’s greeting of realer, of rounder replies?

And the azurous hung hills are his world-wielding shoulder
Majestic – as a stallion stalwart, very violet-sweet! –
These things, these things were here and but the beholder
Wanting; which two when they once meet,
The heart rears wings bold and bolder
And hurls for him, O half hurls earth for him off under his feet.

Gerard Manley Hopkins, 1877

Brave St. Michael is my guide
As free and fearles forth I ride
With courage of St. George of old
I dare to fight fierce dragons bold.

Eric Fairman

Inspiration for the Dragon made from conkers, and recipe for the harvest loaf from All Year Round: A Calendar of Celebrations

 

Happy Michaelmas Day!

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8 Responses to Michaelmas Day

  1. Happy Michalmas day to you too!

  2. Anushka says:

    cool conker dragon! i wish we had conkers here.

  3. love the conker dragon! what a fabulous idea 🙂

  4. niasunset says:

    Happy Michaelmas Day! How beautiful this cake, should be delicious too. And your first photograph so impressive… How much I love apples… Thank you dear Svenna, it is happiness for me to be here and to share your beautiful and peaceful world. Blessing and Happiness, with my love, nia

  5. Tracey says:

    Happy Michaelmas day to you! The dragon and harvest cake both look wonderful.

  6. RainRain says:

    Blessings to you this day! Love the conker dragon 🙂

  7. Mia Foley says:

    Beautiful post Svenna! You inspired me and my boy to make a conker dragon too : )
    I linked to your blog from mine…Thank you x

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