Bethnal Green 1850

Terry Trainor By Terry Trainor, 6th Jan 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/z2xs9ka7/
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Many years ago in Bethnal Green the house gardens would be open for all. People wandered about from garden to garden and maybe buy a flower or two for a penny.

Bethnal Green 1850

It is a Sunday morning in spring the bright sun shines in Bethnal-green,
Wander along a path between the church, the railway towards Whitechapel,
For one day there are beautiful flowering gardens thrown open to anybody
And at their gates there are beautiful plants and flower-roots for sale.

There is every flower imaginable radiant under the English morning sun,
Old flowers to take you back childhood and your grandparents childhood,
There are lads loves, sweet williams, daisies, pinks to warm your heart,
Wallflowers, polyanthuses, thrifts, tufts of sweet-peas, with daisies

Tufts of larkspurs, violets with columbines all for sale at one penny,
For one penny the poor can stock a small plot by a door, or corner tub,
Or it could be a pot in the window, where these poor plants will fade,
Under the admiring eyes of those who are older and fading themselves.

Out of the alleys and courts and unknown streets many people come to see,
And those pale and sickly weavers are streaming along to feast their eyes,
Different from stenches and factory grime, miserable times over the years,
magical, beautiful and delicate, for a moment their grim lives forgotten.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
6th Jan 2013 (#)

It is wonderful how a few lovely flowers can bring beauty into lives of those who have eyes to see them, even in the grimmest of places .
thank you Terry.
God bless you
Stella

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author avatar Terry Trainor
6th Jan 2013 (#)

That is so true Stella, thank you

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Jan 2013 (#)

Nature renews our spirits to live on - that is from time immemorial and even all other species are rejuvenated - siva

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author avatar Terry Trainor
6th Jan 2013 (#)

Thank you sive

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
6th Jan 2013 (#)

so beautiful this Terry...just love it...thank you

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author avatar Terry Trainor
6th Jan 2013 (#)

Thank you cnwriter

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