The Thaw

Henry David Thoreau on

Published in Poem Of The Day

I saw the civil sun drying earth's tears -
Her tears of joy that only faster flowed,
Fain would I stretch me by the highway side,
To thaw and trickle with the melting snow,
That mingled soul and body with the tide,
I too may through the pores of nature flow.

But I alas nor tinkle can nor fume,
One jot to forward the great work of Time,
'Tis mine to hearken while these ply the loom,
So shall my silence with their music chime.

About this poem
"The Thaw" was first published in Henry David Thoreau's "Poems of Nature" (Houghton Mifflin & Co., 1895).

About Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Mass., in 1817. Among his books are "Walden; Or, Life in the Woods" (1854) and "Poems of Nature" (1895). He died of tuberculosis in 1862.

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This poem is in the public domain. Distributed by King Features Syndicate





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