The Orchard Path
Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
by AE 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.


from Trees be Company an anthology of poetry edited by Angela King and Sue Clifford for Common Ground. This can be bought from your regular bookseller. Alternatively, you can find out how to buy a copy here.

Other poems from this anthology which you can read on this site are Ceremonies for Candlemasse Eve by Robert Herrick, and Green Man by Heather Harrison. Also, you can read some poems by James Crowden