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A Sonnet for Easter Dawn by Malcolm Guite

April 22, 2014

The sonnet “Easter Dawn” by Malcolm Guite, touches my heart and stirs my spirit.

Here’s the introduction Malcolm gives the sonnet on his blog:

I dedicate [this sonnet] to my friend Mary who asked me to write it, and to the memory of her husband Gavin. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. 


Easter Dawn

He blesses every love that weeps and grieves

And now he blesses hers who stood and wept

And would not be consoled, or leave her love’s

Last touching place, but watched as low light crept

Up from the east. A sound behind her stirs

A scatter of bright birdsong through the air.

She turns, but cannot focus through her tears,

Or recognize the Gardener standing there.

She hardly hears his gentle question, ‘Why,

Wny are you weeping?’, or sees the play of light

That brightens as she chokes out her reply,

‘They took my love away, my day is night.’

And then she hears her name, she hears Love say

The Word that turns her night, and ours, to Day.


malcom-guiteMalcolm Guite a poet, priest, and singer-songwriter. The above sonnet and the five sonnets I posted on my blog between April 12 and 18 are all from his book Sounding the Seasons: Seventy Sonnets for the Christian Year. The first image in this posting was chosen by Oliver Neale for Malcolm’s blog, and is posted there. This image and the sonnet are both used with permission. On Malcolm’s blog, there’s also an audio recording of his reading this sonnet.

The second image in this posting is a sculpture by contemporary artist Bruce Wolfe. The third image is a painting by the Nineteenth Century artist Gheorghe Tattarescu.


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