Wednesday, February 10, 2021

A NATURE POEM

The Gladness of Nature 

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~William Cullen Bryant 1794-1878~

"Is this a time to be cloudy and sad,

When our mother Nature laughs around;

When even the deep blue heavens look glad,

And gladness breathes from the blossoming ground?

There are notes of joy from the hag-bird and wren,

And the gossip of swallows through all the sky;

The ground-squirrel gaily chirps by his den,

And the wilding bee hums merrily by.

The clouds are at play in the azure space 

And their shadows at play on the bright-green vale,

And here they stretch to the frolic chase,

And there they roll on the easy gale.

There's a dance of leaves in that aspen bower,

There's a titter of winds in that beechen tree,

There's a smile on the fruit, and a smile on the flower,

And a laugh from the brook that runs to the sea.

And look at the broad-faced sun, how he smiles

On the dewy earth that smiles in his ray,

On the leaping waters and gay young isles;

Ay, look and he'll smile thy gloom away."
This is a wonderful poem describing how one can feel about nature.


Thank you for visiting me today, and I hope your day is a great one.



William Cullen Bryant, was born in Cummington, Massachusetts on November 3rd, 1794.  He is considered an American nature poet and journalist, who wrote poems, essays and articles that championed the rights of workers and immigrants.


41 comments:

  1. This is just a wonderful poem, and gave me such a warm feeling!! And you paired it with photos that just makes the entire thing into a whole.

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    1. Thank you Ginny, I felt the same way. Glad you enjoyed :)

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  2. Nature (in all her guises) is so often solace and heartbalm for me.

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  3. It's a lovely poem to read.
    'The gossip of swallows', that made me think what birds do talk about :)

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    1. Thank you Margaret, maybe we will be able to listen and understand one day :)

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  4. Beautiful, nature does bring cheer!

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  5. A beautiful poem. Nature can be so soothing to the heart and soul

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    1. I agree whole heartedly! Thank you Margaret :)

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  6. The Aspen Bower face are my favorites and I love the poem

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  7. It is indeed a wonderful poem, Denise! Nature and her healing balm never disappoints. I love each and every photo--so pretty. The rolling hills with the Cathedral in the vale is exquisite.

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    1. Thank you Martha Ellen, so happy you enjoyed this and I couldn't agree more about nature's healing balm :) The village and church was on Dartmoor in South Devon, England.

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  8. A wonderful post.
    Beautiful words and pictures.

    All the best Jan

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  9. That is a beautiful poem...and loved the pics you chose to go with it.

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    1. Thank you Rose, so happy you enjoyed my post :)

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  10. This is fantastic! And I'm glad to meet a new (to me) poet.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Hi Amalia, happy to introduce him to you. I hope to share more of his poems some time :)

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  11. Beautiful poem and photos! Take care, enjoy your day!

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    1. Thank you Eileen, and you take care and enjoy your day also :)

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  12. What a fabulous work of art you created here, D!

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    1. That's very sweet of you to say Cloudia, thank you :)

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  13. Love this post. Take care and keep safe, Diane

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  14. It is a wonderful poem perfectly illustrated by your great photographs! Such a good idea ... It could be a beautiful presentation as a book!

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    1. Hi Sallie, happy you enjoyed. That's a great idea about the book, thank you :)

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  15. Widecombe. The church is known locally as the Cathedral of the Moor

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    1. Thank you Jacquie, it is a place I am very fond of as I used to live near Dartmoor many years ago and visited many times. I revisited in 2015 when I took this photo :)

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  16. Lovely!

    This was relaxing and serene. The photos compliment it well.

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