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Henry David Thoreau - The Inward Morning

Packed in my mind lie all the clothes 
Which outward nature wears, 
And in its fashion's hourly change 
It all things else repairs. 
In vain I look for change abroad, 
And can no difference find, 
Till some new ray of peace uncalled 
Illumes my inmost mind. 

What is it gilds the trees and clouds, 
And paints the heavens so gay, 
But yonder fast-abiding light 
With its unchanging ray? 

Lo, when the sun streams through the wood, 
Upon a winter's morn, 
Where'er his silent beams intrude, 
The murky night is gone. 

How could the patient pine have known 
The morning breeze would come, 
Or humble flowers anticipate 
The insect's noonday hum-- 

Till the new light with morning cheer 
From far streamed through the aisles, 
And nimbly told the forest trees 
For many stretching miles? 

I've heard within my inmost soul 
Such cheerful morning news, 
In the horizon of my mind 
Have seen such orient hues, 

As in the twilight of the dawn, 
When the first birds awake, 
Are heard within some silent wood, 
Where they the small twigs break, 

Or in the eastern skies are seen, 
Before the sun appears, 
The harbingers of summer heats 
Which from afar he bears.

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Poet: Henry David Thoreau
Poem: The Inward Morning
Poem of the Day: Oct 19 2004

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Comment 1 of 3, added on March 1st, 2011 at 6:55 PM.
My analysis

To me, it seems as if Thoreau is emphasizing on the humdrum, methodical nature of the morning. He writes about how the same thing is undoubtedly going to happen every morning, while nature fixes and repairs what goes askew. He (Thoreau) is known for his fascination of nature, and his exploits up in Maine and at Walden pond, so i think this it nothing but a personal account of the methodical, yet spontaneous, nature of morning.

thoreauisking from United States

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