Fragrant Quote for February 26th, 2012 from EVENING IN THE ORCHARD By EDITH C. M. DART

Apple orchards in Kolomenskoye Image Credit
EVENING IN THE ORCHARD
By EDITH C. M. DART

The sunlight lingers as 'twere loth to pass
From the long swaths of daisied orchard-grass:
And when the sunset slips at last away,
Blue shadows steal, just shadows of the day,
Lying so lightly on the pleasant glade,
That buttercups gleam golden in their shade;
And by the ditch, beside the broken wall,
Cow-parsley stalks stretch faery-like and tall,
Slim wraiths of white 'gainst dock leaves broad and green,
And all is beauty—quiet as some dream.

Late-flowering apple blossoms here and there
Drop loosened petals on the evening air,
That in the faint breath of this summer night
Upon the grasses tremulous alight.
And every tuft and root of weed and flower
Yields its damp fragrance to the dusky hour.
The world lies scent and shadow-twilight-dew,
Above, stars glimmer in the failing blue:
And like the sunlight I am loth to pass
From the long swathes of daisied orchard-grass.