384. June-O most noble Greenness…You are encircled by the very arms of Divine mysteries. ~Hildegard von Bingen, 12th century Benedictine Abbess

I’m glad to be alive, to see and feel
The full deliciousness of this bright day,
That’s like a heart with nothing to conceal;
The young leaves scarcely trembling; the blue grey
Rimming the cloudless ether far away…
~William Allingham


What Wordsworth called “the fairest daughter of the year” has dawned, and now that June, spring’s last born child who gives birth to summer, sits on the throne, she’ll afford us a last look at spring’s beauty before she steps down and yields to the burning flames of the summertime sun.


Now summer is in flower and nature’s hum
Is never silent round her sultry bloom
Insects as small as dust are never done
Wi’ glittering dance and reeling in the sun
And green wood fly and blossom haunting bee
Are never weary of their melody
Round field hedge now flowers in full glory twine
Large bindweed bells wild hop and streaked woodbine
That lift athirst their slender throated flowers
Agape for dew falls and for honey showers
These round each bush in sweet disorder run
And spread their wild hues to the sultry sun.
~John Clare

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations. ~Psalm 100 ✝

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you save, you heal, you restore, and you reveal Your Father’s heart to us! You have captured me with grace and I’m caught in Your infinite embrace!

13 thoughts on “384. June-O most noble Greenness…You are encircled by the very arms of Divine mysteries. ~Hildegard von Bingen, 12th century Benedictine Abbess

  1. Pingback: 384. June, O most honored Greening Force…You are enfolded in the weaving of divine mysteries. ~Hildegard von Bingen | Sacred Touches

  2. First I love Hiledgard—I use to use her in some art lessons–quite the talented vision filled lady you know. . .and secondly, are those your hydrangeas?! Beautiful pink—the ph in my soil is such that any and all hydrangeas will be blue—plus, remember that winter we’ve all tried to forget—and how I had to cut them back so much due to the killing freeze after freeze?! I have stubby little green clumps that I highly doubt will bloom at all this season—sigh—beautiful flowers—beautiful words—as always –soft, sweet, serene. . .cookie


    • Yes, I couldn’t believe it when found them the other day. My plants did survive the harsh winter and late freeze, but most had to be cut to the ground like yours. But a few of the woody stems remained and I can’t believe that I got two blooms on them. Oh I’d love to have the blue ones, or at least some blue ones, my soul turns all mine pink. Thank you for your kind words about my post. I’m glad you enjoyed it and am so sorry you may not have any hydrangeas this year. Love and hugs, Natalie 🙂


    • FYI I was just doing some research on Hildegard and found that she was a Benedictine Abbess who was canonized as a Saint but there seems to be some dispute by parts of the church over her sainthood. She was born in 1098 and lived to be 81 years old. I’m going to see if I can find more of her writings as I find she and her life very interesting. Have a great day missy. Love, N 🙂


      • She’s quite the interesting character. She was quite prolific as a writer–producing cookbooks, medical books and writing lots and lots of music. It was her CD–well not her CD but a CD put together based on her music that I would actually play for the kids—they loved it–haunting, mystical, spiritual and kind of hip—to the at least 😉
        She suffered grievously from what we now believe to be migraine but during which she would have visions. She was stalwart in her faith, going head to head with kings and Popes, of whom would indeed listen to her as for a woman of the day, she had gained a great deal of respect—-you can go on line and find the CD, her cookbooks and biographies—von Bingen is of Bingen—as in Bingen Germany…


  3. Wow, even more interesting info about Hildegard. I may have to see about getting one of her CD’s. Oh man, I can’t imagine suffering from migraines during that day and age, but then I guess no matter what age migraines are never pleasant to endure. Thanks for taking the time to tell me more about her. Love, N


    • Why, what a lovely thing to say, Laurence. I was bragging on myself to one of my students once and he told me that even a blind pig finds a acorn every now and again. So I guess tis true. Cheers, Herb. 🙂


      • You’re welcome Natalie. That saying is so good, I must use it one day. Cheers
        Laurence. 🙂


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