Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Pledge of Spring

Jacques Le Moyne, quoted by Miles Harvery, Painter in a Savage Land: The Strange Saga of the First European Artist in North America, p. 203, and translated (mostly) by R.N. Currey, in Hulton et al., The Work of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, Vol. 1, p. 165:

Discordant harmony and stable movement,
Winter and Summer, Autumn, reborn Spring,
Renewing her sweet scents and coloring,
Join in the praise of God's unfailing judgment.

This loving God gives every argument
To look for zeal from each created thing,
To bless His name eternally and sing
All He has made in earth and firmament.

Above all He made man with head held high
To watch each morning as new light arrives
And decorates earth's breast with varied flowers.

There is no fruit, or grain, or grub, or fly
That does not preach one to God, the least flower gives
Pledge of Spring with everlasting colors.

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