Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Love of Nature - For Robert (Rest In Peace)

The Love of Nature

There is a gentler element, and man
May breathe it with a calm, unruffled soul,
And drink its living waters till the heart is pure.
And this is human happiness!
Its secret and its evidence are writ
In the broad book of Nature. 'Tis to have
Attentive and believing faculties;
To go abroad rejoicing in the joy
Of beautiful and well created things;
To love the voice of waters, and the sheen
Of silver fountains leaping to the sea;
To thrill with the rich melody of birds
Living their life of music; to be glad
In the gay sunshine, reverent in the storm;
To see beauty in a stirring leaf,
And find calm thoughts beneath the whispering tree;
To see, and hear, and breathe the evidence
Of God's deep wisdom in the natural world!

- Willis



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