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Henry David Thoreau - The Moon

Time wears her not; she doth his chariot guide; 
Mortality below her orb is placed.

The full-orbed moon with unchanged ray 
Mounts up the eastern sky, 
Not doomed to these short nights for aye, 
But shining steadily. 

She does not wane, but my fortune, 
Which her rays do not bless, 
My wayward path declineth soon, 
But she shines not the less. 

And if she faintly glimmers here, 
And paled is her light, 
Yet alway in her proper sphere 
She's mistress of the night.

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Poet: Henry David Thoreau
Poem: The Moon

Comment 8 of 8, added on August 9th, 2012 at 9:59 PM.

It seems the book can deliver a viasul and mental impact while we are approaching the Tang Poems. This reminds of the English translation of the Persian Poem by Edward Fitzgerald: The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam. Ancient Oriental wisdom can shine through ages after ages from the East to the West in beautiful English too if the right format of expressing can be achieved.

Frica from Belgium
Comment 7 of 8, added on November 13th, 2009 at 1:20 PM.

in this poem Thoreau describes the moon as a beacon that God has placed for him to see where the path of life is leading him. He conveys that even if he travels down the wrong path the moon is still there to lead him back.

Kerrington from Jamaica
Comment 6 of 8, added on March 20th, 2006 at 4:28 PM.

this poem is so hot! it's steamy!

ginesela from Brazil

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