Fountain-head and source of rivers,
And napkin spread by fays;
Drifting meadow of the air,
Where bloom the daisied banks and violets,
And in whose fenny labyrinth
The bittern booms and heron wades;
Spirit of lakes and seas and rivers,-
Bear only perfumes and the scent
Of healing herbs to just men's fields.
About this poem
"Mist" was published in Henry David Thoreau's book "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" (Ticknor and Fields, 1854) and "Poems of Nature" (Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1895). He died of tuberculosis in 1862.
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