"... a heaven on earth: for blissful paradise
Of God the garden was, by him in the east
Of Eden planted;"
Paradise Lost, Book IV, Lines 209-210
by John Milton
Additionally, in honor of our Lord as we remember the week of His passion, I'll be posting some particularly beautiful passages from Milton, Donne, and Herbert. It seems only fitting to me that the beauties of springtime be juxapositioned with the the rigors and sufferings of our Lord's passion, for the paradox of his work is worthy of study.