When young-leafed June is summoned by the sun,
And new-mown grass breathes fragrance through the air,
When work is over, holidays begun,
May peace and pleasure in themselves be prayer.
And in your leisure may you hear the one
Who is your blessing and by whom you’re blest
Still calling you: Come unto me and rest.
Summer Benediction is one of four seasonal benedictions written and narrated by Malcolm Guite specially commissioned for The Cultivating Project. These benedications are included in Malcolm’s collection of poetry titled “After Prayer“, released by Canterbury Press, October 2019. The featured image is titled “Spring of Living Water “- (c) Lancia E. Smith and used with permission for The Cultivating Project.
Poet, priest, Chaplain of Girton College Cambridge, and academic, Dr Rev’d Malcolm Guite travels extensively throughout Great Britain and North America, to give lectures, concerts and poetry readings. He is the author of nine books, and fronts the Cambridge
rock band, Mystery Train.