This week, another Shakespeare play-based piece by Hector Berlioz, Romeo and Juliet. You can listen to it in its entirety Berlioz - Romeo and Juliet
or just the Romeo and Juliet Love Scene I
And our poem this week by Robert Browning is Home Thoughts from Abroad --
- OH, to be in England
- Now that April 's there,
- And whoever wakes in England
- Sees, some morning, unaware,
- That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
- Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
- While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
- In England—now!
- And after April, when May follows,
- And the whitethroat builds, and all the swallows!
- Hark, where my blossom'd pear-tree in the hedge
- Leans to the field and scatters on the clover
- Blossoms and dewdrops—at the bent spray's
- That 's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice
- Lest you should think he never could recapture
- The first fine careless rapture!
- And though the fields look rough with hoary dew,
- All will be gay when noontide wakes anew
- The buttercups, the little children's dower
- —Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!