Poem of the Week: A Song From the Suds by Louisa May Alcott

09 September 2011


A Song From the Suds
Written by Louisa May Alcott, from Little Women

"Queen of my tub, I merrily sing, 
While the white foam rises high, 
And sturdily wash, and rinse, and wring, 
And fasten the clothes to dry; 
Then out in the free fresh air they swing, 
Under the sunny sky. 

I wish we could wash from our hearts and our souls 
The stains of the week away, 
And let water and air by their magic make 
Ourselves as pure as they; 
Then on the earth there would be indeed 
A glorious washing-day! 

Along the path of a useful life 
Will heart's-ease ever bloom; 
The busy mind has no time to think 
Of sorrow, or care, or gloom; 
And anxious thoughts may be swept away 
As we busily wield a broom. 

I am glad a task to me is given 
To labor at day by day; 
For it brings me health, and strength, and hope, 
And I cheerfully learn to say- 
"Head, you may think; Heart, you may feel; 
But Hand, you shall work always!" 

Poem of the week? Hmm, I like it. Methinks I shall do this every Friday. :) How does that sound? Would you, my dear sisters in Christ, enjoy reading a wee bit o' poetry each Friday? Please comment below with your thoughts.

4 epistles:

  1. That little bit of a poem was so very sweet.
    It would be beautiful to find something true and meaningful set in poetry every week.

    In Christ,
    ~Rebecca

    theprovidenceofgod.blogspot.com

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  2. Oh I like that idea too. I would visit every Friday for that ;)

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  3. Dear Elizabeth,it's the first time I'm leaving a comment on your blog that I discovered a couple of weeks ago when you guest-posted on Grace's garden blog and I enjoyed your article on tea so much that I decided to start following your own blog and my soul is somehow soothed and refreshed by your posts. Just like Rebecca and Rachel I would also appreciate a meaningful and sweet poem each week!

    Kind regards,

    Aude (I'm a French young girl living in Paris for the moment, so please excuse the mistakes that I may make since English is not my mother's tongue :))

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  4. I awarded you on my blog. =)
    http://regencydelight-janeaustenetc.blogspot.com/2011/09/one-lovely-blog-award.html

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