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Poem by Frederick Goddard Tuckerman

First Series. 26. For Nature daily through her grand design

For Nature daily through her grand design
Breathes contradiction where she seems most clear,
For I have held of her the gift to hear
And felt indeed endowed of sense divine
When I have found by guarded insight fine,
Cold April flowers in the green end of June,
And thought myself possessed of Nature's ear
When by the lonely mill-brook into mine,
Seated on slab or trunk asunder sawn,
The night-hawk blew his horn at summer noon;
And in the rainy midnight I have heard
The ground sparrow's long twitter from the pine,
And the catbird's silver song, the wakeful bird
That to the lighted window sings for dawn.

Frederick Goddard Tuckerman

Frederick Goddard Tuckerman's other poems:
  1. First Series. 7. Dank fens of cedar, hemlock branches gray
  2. First Series. 6. Not sometimes, but to him that heeds the whole
  3. First Series. 27. So to the mind long brooding but on it
  4. Third Series. 4. Thin little leaves of wood fern, ribbed and toothed
  5. First Series. 5. And so the day drops by, the horizon draws

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