American Poems (1879)

9780217676854: American Poems (1879)

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. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...polls, the thought of her Recalls Christ's Mountain Sermon. " He owns her logic of the heart, 410 And wisdom of unreason, Supplying, while he doubts and weighs, The needed word in season. " He sees with pride her richer thought, Her fancy's freer ranges; 415 And love thus deepened to respect Is proof against all changes. " And if she walks at ease in ways His feet are slow to travel, And if she reads with cultured eyes 420 What his may scarce unravel, " Still clearer, for her keener sight Of beauty and of wonder, He learns the meaning of the hills He dwelt from childhood under. 425 " And higher, warmed with summer light?, Or winter-crowned and hoary, The ridged horizon lifts for him Its inner veils of glory. " He has his own free, bookless lore, 430 The lessons nature taught him, The wisdom which the woods and hills And toiling men have brought him: " The steady force of will whereby Her flexile grace seems sweeter; 435 The sturdy counterpoise which makes Her woman's life completer: " A latent fire of soul which lacks Ko breath of love to fan it; And wit, that, like his native brooks, 440 Plays over solid granite. " How dwarfed against his manliness She sees the poor pretension, The wants, the aims, the follies, born Of fashion and convention! 445 " How life behind its accidents Stands strong and self-sustaining, The human fact transcending all The losing and the gaining. " And so, in grateful interchange 450 Of teacher and of hearer, Their lives their true distinctness keep While daily drawing nearer. " And if the husband or the wife In home's strong light discovers 455 Such slight defaults as failed to meet The blinded eyes of lovers, " Why need we care to ask?--who dreams Without their thorns of roses, Or wonders that the truest steel...

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