by Phebe Ann Holder
The fragrant lily of the vale,
The violet's breath on passing gale.
Anemones mid last year's leaves,
Arbutus sweet in trailing wreaths,
From waving lights of a forest glade
The light ferns hide beneath the shade.
— Phebe Ann Holder, New England poet, A Song of May
November 27, 1824
Today is the birthday of the New England poet Phebe Ann Holder.
In addition to her religious poems, Phebe wrote about the natural world. Gardeners delight in her poems for spring and fall.
Phebe’s A Song of May recalls the flowers of spring and A Song of October celebrates the beauty of fall.