I've always loved the sentiment in that proverbial expression, but had no idea where it came from. Maybe you already know or maybe you've wondered about it, too (or maybe not)? With things like this, I'm sometimes reluctant to ask anyone thinking for sure that they'll look at me with a surprised "how can you not know that" face. Do you know the one I'm talking about?
So anyway, I looked it up. And in case you were wondering, "hope springs eternal" comes from a poem called "An Essay on Man" by the English poet Alexander Pope (1688-1744). Pope first published it anonymously because he wasn't so sure about how it'd be received by his readers (maybe I'll keep this in mind for future fabric lines *wink*). Interesting..
Then, I got to thinking and maybe the expression should be "spring hopes eternal"? Because look at these little cuties I spotted in our garden over the weekend:
These mighty little snowdrops and crocuses have pushed their way up through frozen ground and melting snow. A bit of hope that Spring is on its way! The signs are out there (if you lie on your stomach, squinch one eye shut and look really closely).