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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Children

Come to me, O ye children!
For I hear you at your play,
And the questions that perplexed me
Have vanished quite away.

Ye open the eastern windows,
That look towards the sun,
Where thoughts are singing swallows
And the brooks of morning run.

In your hearts are the birds and the sunshine,
In your thoughts the brooklet's flow,
But in mine is the wind of Autumn
And the first fall of the snow.

Ah! what would the world be to us
If the children were no more?
We should dread the desert behind us
Worse than the dark before.

What the leaves are to the forest,
With light and air for food,
Ere their sweet and tender juices
Have been hardened into wood, --

That to the world are children;
Through them it feels the glow
Of a brighter and sunnier climate
Than reaches the trunks below.

Come to me, O ye children!
And whisper in my ear
What the birds and the winds are singing
In your sunny atmosphere.

For what are all our contrivings,
And the wisdom of our books,
When compared with your caresses,
And the gladness of your looks?

Ye are better than all the ballads
That ever were sung or said;
For ye are living poems,
And all the rest are dead. 

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Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Poem: Children
Volume: Birds Of Passage
Poem of the Day: Feb 20 2010

Comment 35 of 35, added on September 28th, 2015 at 12:45 PM.

p2FJz5 Perfectly written subject matter, regards for entropy.

click from Botswana
Comment 34 of 35, added on September 3rd, 2015 at 3:01 AM.

UOtEkE You have noted very interesting points ! ps nice site.

crorkzz from Uganda
Comment 33 of 35, added on September 2nd, 2015 at 12:28 PM.

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michael crork from Belarus

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