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James Whitcomb Riley - A Passing Hail

Let us rest ourselves a bit! 
Worry?-- wave your hand to it -- 
Kiss your finger-tips and smile 
It farewell a little while.

Weary of the weary way 
We have come from Yesterday, 
Let us fret not, instead, 
Of the wary way ahead.

Let us pause and catch our breath 
On the hither side of death, 
While we see the tender shoots 
Of the grasses -- not the roots,--

While we yet look down -- not up -- 
To seek out the buttercup 
And the daisy where they wave 
O'er the green home of the grave.

Let us launch us smoothly on 
The soft billows of the lawn, 
And drift out across the main 
Of our childish dreams again:

Voyage off, beneath the trees, 
O'er the field's enchanted seas, 
Where the lilies are our sails, 
And our sea-gulls, nightingales:

Where no wilder storm shall beat 
Than the wind that waves the wheat, 
And no tempest-burst above 
The old laughs we used to love:

Lose all troubles -- gain release, 
Languor, and exceeding peace, 
Cruising idly o'er the vast, 
Calm mid-ocean of the Past.

Let us rest ourselves a bit! 
Worry? -- Wave your hand to it -- 
Kiss your finger-tips and smile 
It fare well a little while. 

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Poet: James Whitcomb Riley
Poem: A Passing Hail
Poem of the Day: Apr 19 2016

Comment 2 of 2, added on March 29th, 2007 at 7:27 PM.

Beautiful in form and concept. Imagery that is clear, rhyme that is smooth. These encouraging thoughts reiterate the concept of Matthew 6:25 -- don't worry. As the previous comment said, this poem bears reading over and over -- as needed. It is as relevant today as it was when it was composed.

Loretta Haskell from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on March 29th, 2006 at 7:37 AM.

this was an exlent peom this would make anyone stop in there tracks and read this over and over agian

michael madden from United States

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