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Poem by Frederick Goddard Tuckerman


Third Series. 4. Thin little leaves of wood fern, ribbed and toothed


Thin little leaves of wood fern, ribbed and toothed
Long curved sail needles of the green pitch pine,
With common sandgrass, skirt the horizon line,
And over these the incorruptible blue!
Here let me gently lie and softly view
All world asperities, lightly touched and smoothed
As by his gracious hand, the great Bestower.
What though the year be late? some colors run
Yet through the dry, some links of melody
Still let me be, by such, assuaged and soothed
And happier made, as when, our schoolday done,
We hunted on from flower to frosty flower,
Tattered and dim, the last red butterfly,
Or the old grasshopper molasses-mouthed.



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. Second Series. 7. His heart was in his garden; but his brain
  5. First Series. 26. For Nature daily through her grand design


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