Here we present a poem and a selection of anniversaries for you to enjoy and contemplate over Summer.
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
A selection of anniversaries for Summer:
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
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
11th 1890 John Henry Newman
15th 1867 Canada Day: confederation
23rd 430 Augustine of Hippo
30th 1688 John Bunyan
31st 651 Aidan of Lindisfarne