In splendours of the forest brightly burning
Crouches the tiger of the winter storm.
Who made the lamb announced in his returning
Terror and beauty in this sculptured form.
Forever may the human heart be proud
Of the great Architect, nor fear at all.
From the tall, ruined columns of the cloud
Rumours of music down the tree tops fall.
In golden light the tiger of the snow
Dissolves in rain to meet the lamb below.
The Spring, March, or Vernal Equinox officially marks the end of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the end of Summer in the Southern Hemisphere. It can occur as early as March 19th, or as late as March 21st, in Greenwich time -- marking the moment when the Sun crosses the celestial equator going north, and day and night are nearly equal. In Eastern Time, the Spring Equinox 2020 will occur at 11:49pm on March 19th -- the earliest date in 124 years, due to our leap year and recent change to daylight savings time! With this in mind, Happy First Day of Spring, a symbolic time of birth and renewal!
The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.
- The Night Sky In March. (1912, Mar 04). The Manchester Guardian (1901-1959)
- The Spring Equinox. (1935, Mar 21). The Manchester Guardian (1901-1959)
- Ripley, F. M. (1944, Mar 22). Spring Equinox. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Spring Equinox Here, Winter On Ways Out. (1945, Mar 21). The Atlanta Constitution (1881-1945)
- Fitzgerald, K. (1962, Dec 02). Time and Its Meaning. New York Herald Tribune (1926-1962)
- Matthew, N. G. (1972, Mar 01). The Night Sky In March. The Guardian (1959-2003)
- Corry, J. (1974, Dec 30). About New York: The City In Days of Auld. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Smiley, P. C. H. (1977, Feb 27). Spring Equinox Signals New Season: The Sun. The Hartford Courant (1923-1994)
- That Shifting First Day Of Spring: Old Spring Challenge (Ilan Vardi). (1998, Mar 19). The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current File)
- Daylight Equals Nighttime, Signaling the Start Of Spring. (1988, Mar 20). Chicago Tribune (1963-1996)
- Steel, D. (1999, Jun 24). How Britain Got the Calendar Wrong. The Guardian (1959-2003)
- McWilliams, B. (2000, Mar 20). The Rites Of Spring Are a Movable Feast. The Irish Times (1921-Current File)
- Gracie, Carol and Eric Lamont. Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013. e-book.
- Internet Resources for Teaching the Vernal Equinox. Grades 3-5 and 6-8. Scholastic.
- Daffodils, by Joe Ardourel, Federico Castellon Memorial Print Collection, Courtesy of the Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College, Columbia University
- Special News Slide, Courtesy of the Gottesman Libraries
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