Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now

(2007)

"Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now" is the third song of Bob Scher's Five Songs from "A Shropshire Lad". The song cycle sets the poetry of A. E. Housman.

Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now
by A. E. Housman


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.


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