Thoreau & Beyond


[William] Ellery Channing



I love the universe — I love the joy

Of every living thing. Be mind the sure

Felicity, which ever shall endure;

While passion whirls the madmen, as they toy,

To hate, I would my simple being warm

In the calm pouring sun; and in that pure

And motionless silence, ever would employ

My best true powers, without a thought’s annoy.

See and be glad! O high imperial race,

Dwarfing the common attitude of strength,

Learn that ye stand on an unshaken base;

Your powers iwll carry you to any length.

Up! earnestly feel the gentle sunset beams;

Be glad in woods, o’er sands; by marsh, or streams.

Start Over


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