Poems / William Cullen Bryant [electronic text]

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Poems / William Cullen Bryant [electronic text]
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Bryant, William Cullen, 1794-1878
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New York: Harper and Brothers
1840
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"EARTH'S CHILDREN CLEAVE TO EARTH."

EARTH'S children cleave to Earth—her frail Decaying children dread decay. Yon wreath of mist that leaves the vale, And lessens in the morning ray: Look, how, by mountain rivulet, It lingers, as it upward creeps, And clings to fern and copsewood set Along the green and dewy steeps: Clings to the fragrant kalmia, clings To precipices fringed with grass, Dark maples where the wood-thrush sings, And bowers of fragrant sassafras. Yet all in vain it passes still From hold to hold, it cannot stay, And in the very beams that fill The world with glory, wastes away. Till, parting from the mountain's brow, It vanishes from human eye, And that which sprung of earth is now A portion of the glorious sky.

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