Lavender and Leaf

 New love and the joyful tinkling of fairy laughter bless our garden these days, while the nights are filled with feasting and fairy vows said beneath the summer moon, and made to last far longer than our human lifetime would see.
  I'm reminded of an old poem by Robert Louis Stevenson...



It Is The Season Now To Go

It is the season now to go
About the country high and low,
Among the lilacs hand in hand,
And two by two in fairy land.

The brooding boy, the sighing maid,
Wholly fain and half afraid,
Now meet along the hazel'd brook
To pass and linger, pause and look.
A year ago, and blithely paired,
Their rough-and-tumble play they shared;
They kissed and quarrelled, laughed and cried,
A year ago at Eastertide.

With bursting heart, with fiery face,
She strove against him in the race;
He unabashed her garter saw,
That now would touch her skirts with awe.

Now by the stile ablaze she stops,
And this demurer eyes he drops;
Now they exchange averted sighs
Or stand and marry silent eyes.

And he to her a her is
And sweeter she than primroses;
Their common silence dearer far
Than nightingale and mavis are.

Now when they sever wedded hands,
Joy trembles in their bosom-strands,
And lovely laughter leaps and falls
Upon their lips in madrigals.
--Robert Louis Stevenson