The buttercups with shining face
Smile brightly as I pass;
They seem to lighten all the place
Like sunshine in the grass.
And though not glad nor gay* was I
When first they came in view,
I find when I have passed them by,
That I am smiling, too.
by Sarah J. Day: “Mayflowers to Mistletoe: A Year with the Flower Folk” (1900)
* ‘gay’ meaning ‘joyful’ or ‘blissful’ and not any slang corruption of the word.
Sarah Jane Day was born on 5 November 1860 in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America. She became a poet and a biographer. Sarah Jane Day passed on at 79 years of age on 11 May 1940 in Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America.
Image shown: Buttercup flowers.