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Author: Poetry of Henry David Thoreau Type: Poetry Views: 318

Whate'er we leave to God, God does,
And blesses us;
The work we choose should be our own,
God leaves alone.
If with light head erect I sing,
Though all the Muses lend their force,
From my poor love of anything,
The verse is weak and shallow as its source.

But if with bended neck I grope
Listening behind me for my wit,
With faith superior to hope,
More anxious to keep back than forward it;

Making my soul accomplice there
Unto the flame my heart hath lit,
Then will the verse forever wear--
Time cannot bend the line which God hath writ.

Always the general show of things
Floats in review before my mind,
And such true love and reverence brings,
That sometimes I forget that I am blind.

But now there comes unsought, unseen,
Some clear divine electuary,
And I, who had but sensual been,
Grow sensible, and as God is, am wary.

I hearing get, who had but ears,
And sight, who had but eyes before,
I moments live, who lived but years,
And truth discern, who knew but learning's lore.

I hear beyond the range of sound,
I see beyond the range of sight,
New earths and skies and seas around,
And in my day the sun doth pale his light.

A clear and ancient harmony
Pierces my soul through all its din,
As through its utmost melody--
Farther behind than they, farther within.

More swift its bolt than lightning is,
Its voice than thunder is more loud,
It doth expand my privacies
To all, and leave me single in the crowd.

It speaks with such authority,
With so serene and lofty tone,
That idle Time runs gadding by,
And leaves me with Eternity alone.

Now chiefly is my natal hour,
And only now my prime of life;
Of manhood's strength it is the flower,
'Tis peace's end and war's beginning strife.

It comes in summer's broadest noon,
By a grey wall or some chance place,
Unseasoning Time, insulting June,
And vexing day with its presuming face.

Such fragrance round my couch it makes,
More rich than are Arabian drugs,
That my soul scents its life and wakes
The body up beneath its perfumed rugs.

Such is the Muse, the heavenly maid,
The star that guides our mortal course,
Which shows where life's true kernel's laid,
Its wheat's fine flour, and its undying force.

She with one breath attunes the spheres,
And also my poor human heart,
With one impulse propels the years
Around, and gives my throbbing pulse its start.

I will not doubt for evermore,
Nor falter from a steadfast faith,
For thought the system be turned o'er,
God takes not back the word which once He saith.

I will not doubt the love untold
Which not my worth nor want has bought,
Which wooed me young, and woos me old,
And to this evening hath me brought.

My memory I'll educate
To know the one historic truth,
Remembering to the latest date
The only true and sole immortal youth.

Be but thy inspiration given,
No matter through what danger sought,
I'll fathom hell or climb to heaven,
And yet esteem that cheap which love has bought.
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Fame cannot tempt the bard
Who's famous with his God,
Nor laurel him reward
Who has his Maker's nod.

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The figures of speech support the theme by enriching the poet’s descriptions and observations. For example, rather than merely using adjectives to describe himself, he compares himself to God, saying “I . . . grow sensible, and as God is, am wary,” and compares his poetry to himself in the line, “the verse is weak and shallow as its source.” He uses metaphors also, to make his meanings deeper; he says, “Maker’s nod,” when he really means “God’s approval,” and uses calls the Muse “the star that guides our mortal course.” Thoreau also uses the metaphor of blindness to symbolize his inability to see God’s truth. His personal inspiration is compared to a Greek Muse in an extended metaphor, which gives the reader a concrete, tangible visualization instead of a concept (inspiration) to picture as she reads the poem. There is also an example of personification as Thoreau says “the harmony,” or God’s enlightenment, “speaks with such authority,” “pierces my soul,” and comes “unseasoning Time, insulting June, and vexing day.” There are numerous allusions to God and the Bible; Thoreau writes, “The only true and sole immortal youth,” which is a clear reference to the promise in the Bible that those who believe in God will live forever (immortal youth).

| Posted on 2005-02-21 | by Approved Guest


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I felt as though I had gone through a life time from end to end.I too feel the pressure of life behind the pen. Life of a clown, cluching for the next word, praying a brilliant idea will come to mind.When it does, look out! Like a bolt of lightning through the back of the skull. Just don't get too big headed. Money is temporary. Talent and faith are eternal. Why is this not letting me post this? I'm tapped, really. I mean, come on, are you guys maybe using this info to write your term papers?

| Posted on 2005-02-11 | by tunelover




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