Vacation Thoughts; A Collection of Poems

Vacation Thoughts; A Collection of Poems

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ... find in common things. The world around, To one unlearned but in full sympathy With Nature and her all pervading heart Is grand, mysterious, or beautiful. The devotee of Nature raptured hangs Upon the distant vista with its vales, Its winding threads of silver, and its hills. The glossy lake is fair to look upon In sunset glory or at morning dawn; And on its calm, still bosom oft he thinks Of what may be more beautiful but not On earth, and led by pleasant fancies, dreams Of pictures far more beautiful than those He sees upon the fading shores, or in POETRY IN SCIENCE. 101 The tinted twilight of the restful even; And in the wood the simple minded (oik May still be raised to heights of soul and mind In which they feel the grandeur of the world More nearly and the Beautiful in all. But to the scientist the tiniest blade Of grass, the dew-drop, and the pebble bring Associated pictures visibly Before him, such as the untutored eye Might never dream; and in those common things, That paint no picture to the passing glance, Are revelations to the scientist Ineffable. To him the drop of dew Is not less beautiful because he knows The hidden secret of its beauty in The laws of light, nor yet less wonderful Because he knows the forces and the laws Which brought it into being and maintain Its wounded symmetry. Nor does he view With less of admiration or regard The little flower that speaks the love of God To him more surely than the tongue of man; And think you that the pebbled beach to him Has lost its beauty? Or the pebble there Because it gained a tongue? That homely stone 102 POETRY IX SCIENCE. Suggests a world evolved from shapeless seas Of fire, and made a universal wave; And this can tell of wild undream'd of things, Of life that lived and...
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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123686395X
  • 9781236863959