Wild Garden

by Bliss Carman


 

NATURE LORE


 

Would you learn of Nature
And all her wisdom prove,
Understand her secrets,
Comprehend her love?
Would you know the service
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Of rhythm and refrain?
Walk with the diurnal sun
And the tramping rain.

To reach her sanctuary
Where inspiration dwells,

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Her morning revelations,
Her twilight oracles,
Your eyes must wear her sea-hues,
Your cheek her seasons’ tan,
Your bearing the clam leisure
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Of her starry caravan.

Learn the swing of snowshoes,
Time as time you must—
The ax-stroke in the wood-lot,
The hoof-beat in the dust,

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Dip and swing of paddle,
Thrust of setting-pole.
These will give you poise and flight,
These will make you whole.

The waving grass shall show you

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The highway to her door.
Every singing river
Chants her enticing lore.
Her twelve great winds come seeking
To teach you line by line
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The harmonies of sense and soul
In music of the pine.

They share great Nature’s rapture
Who tread her wilding trails,
Her desert stars will guide them

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When every false flare fails.
Her wondrous heart is never
From wondering hearts estranged,
And you shall find at journey’s end
Her smiling grace unchanged.
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