Spring Tonic

May 8, 2020

"Spring Offering in Canada"

By Fr. Eugene Funcken, C.R.

(Dedicated to the Queen of the month of May, in the cold May of 1875),

Maid Mary, this in greeting

As your May month begins,

I lay before you humbly

My offering in spring.

No sun shines in the heavens,

No flowers blooms deploy,

No birds in choir anthem,

New spring, new hope, new joy.

For these bright tones of magic,

These songs of smallest bird,

The first light sprouts of springtime,

The gentl'est sunbeams curled

Are absent and lamented;

But to you in their stead,

I lay my winter tumult

By hearth and hermit-bed.'

This sacrifice my greeting,

As your May month begins,

I lay before you humbly

Your crown in wint'ry spring.