Anniversaries for Summer

Here we present a poem and a selection of anniversaries for you to enjoy and contemplate over Summer.

p  Poem for Summer:

As Kingfishers Catch Fire
As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves – goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying What I do is me: for that I came.

I say more: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: that keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is –
Christ – for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces.

– G M Hopkins   gm h
Wales 1877

a   A selection of anniversaries for Summer:

j   June

8th          1889   Gerard Manley Hopkins d.
15th        1215   Magna Carta
18th        1815   Battle of Waterloo
21st                     Solstice – astronomical Summer begins
22nd         250   Alban, first martyr of Britain
29th                   The Apostles Peter and Paul are both celebrated on this day

j   July

1st          1947     Partition of India
4th         1776     US Independence
8th         1822     Percy Bysshe Shelley d.
11th       1690     Battle of the Boyne
14th       1077     Consecration of Bayeaux Cathedral: Tapestry on display
14th       1789     French Revolution began: Bastille Day
14th       1866     John Keble

a   August

11th        1890    John Henry Newman
15th        1867    Canada Day: confederation
23rd          430    Augustine of Hippo
30th        1688    John Bunyan
31st           651   Aidan of Lindisfarne