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четверг, 23 апреля 2015 г.

Robert Frost A Prayer In Spring

Hello dear readers!
Today let's read the popular poem A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost. The poem makes us open our hearts and souls to love which is everywhere around us in spring.
To my mind, there are some difficult phrases in this poem, so you can find  to explain the meanings of some of them in the Vocabulary section .The video has good pictures to help learners to understand the context of difficult lines . What is more, it is a good chance to do a shadow practice: use the subtitles and try to imitate the voice of the reciter. So, let's read and enjoy the poem and practice English!

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 fulfill. 
Vocabulary
in the springing - in the beginning
an orchard white -a garden in blossom
like ghosts by night -  at night white orchards look like ghosts
a swarm - a large group of insects flying together
darting - quickly flying
to thrust - to attack
a bill - (here) a beak
in mid air - high in the sky
For this is love and nothing else is love - this is the only love
to sanctify - to make holy
to will - (old word) to want something  to happen
to fulfil - to do what you must do

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