Thoreau’s “Nature”


O Nature! I do not aspire
To be the highest in thy choir,

To be a meteor in thy sky,
Or comet that may range on high;

Only a zephyr that may blow
Among the reeds by the river low;

Give me thy most privy place
Where to run my airy race.

In some withdrawn, unpublic mead;
Let me sigh upon a reed,

Or in the woods, with leafy din,
Whisper the still evening in:

Some still work give me to do,
Only – be it near to you!

For I’d rather be thy child
And pupil, in the forest wild,

Than be the king of men elsewhere,
And most sovereign slave of care;

To have one moment of thy dawn,
Than share the city’s year forlorn.

-Henry David Thoreau


4 responses to “Thoreau’s “Nature”

  1. Thanks for sharing that. I’m not a big poetry person, but I love this and never would have know about it if not for your post.


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