Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

(27 February 1807 – 24 March 1882 / Portland, Maine)

A Gleam Of Sunshine - Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This is the place. Stand still, my steed,
Let me review the scene,
And summon from the shadowy Past
The forms that once have been.

The Past and Present here unite
Beneath Time's flowing tide,
Like footprints hidden by a brook,
But seen on either side.

Here runs the highway to the town;
There the green lane descends,
Through which I walked to church with thee,
O gentlest of my friends!

The shadow of the linden-trees
Lay moving on the grass;
Between them and the moving boughs,
A shadow, thou didst pass.

Thy dress was like the lilies,
And thy heart as pure as they:
One of God's holy messengers
Did walk with me that day.

I saw the branches of the trees
Bend down thy touch to meet,
The clover-blossoms in the grass
Rise up to kiss thy feet,

"Sleep, sleep to-day, tormenting cares,
Of earth and folly born!"
Solemnly sang the village choir
On that sweet Sabbath morn.

Through the closed blinds the golden sun
Poured in a dusty beam,
Like the celestial ladder seen
By Jacob in his dream.

And ever and anon, the wind,
Sweet-scented with the hay,
Turned o'er the hymn-book's fluttering leaves
That on the window lay.

Long was the good man's sermon,
Yet it seemed not so to me;
For he spake of Ruth the beautiful,
And still I thought of thee.

Long was the prayer he uttered,
Yet it seemed not so to me;
For in my heart I prayed with him,
And still I thought of thee.

But now, alas! the place seems changed;
Thou art no longer here:
Part of the sunshine of the scene
With thee did disappear.

Though thoughts, deep-rooted in my heart,
Like pine-trees dark and high,
Subdue the light of noon, and breathe
A low and ceaseless sigh;

This memory brightens o'er the past,
As when the sun, concealed
Behind some cloud that near us hangs
Shines on a distant field.


Comments about A Gleam Of Sunshine by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • (11/25/2016 4:38:00 PM)


    (A Gleam Of Sunshine by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) **A genius of a poet. I'm mesmerized by Longfellow's reflections upon these, such priceless moments. (Report) Reply

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  • Amar Agarwala (4/8/2016 7:48:00 PM)


    Longfellow at his best. This is masterpiece - beautiful, stunning, marvelous, breath-taking; with a rhyme and rhythm that sounds like melody from the heavens upon mortal eyes and ears.

    Cannot define how I feel at reading this. But it inspires the wayward poet in me to write on.

    May his verses continue to enlighten beautiful souls.
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  • Susan Williams (4/8/2016 4:47:00 PM)


    I have a fondness for verses that flow so melodiously, for words that paint wonderful scenery, for a heart that loves those around him, , for all that is good in poetry. (Report) Reply

  • (4/8/2016 3:04:00 AM)


    The flow of this beautiful poem is captivating. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (3/14/2016 4:34:00 PM)


    Sentimental? Yes. Do I care? No. This poem is lovely in all ways that a poem can be lovely. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (3/14/2016 12:06:00 PM)


    A sort of poem i wish should not have an ending. Gripping! ! (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (3/14/2016 11:55:00 AM)


    Very nice. Longfellow was a master of his craft and did a splendid job here. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (3/14/2016 9:28:00 AM)


    A poignant write, indeed. Timeless piece, thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/14/2016 6:38:00 AM)


    Stand still! ! And face the ways of life. Great work! (Report) Reply

  • (3/14/2016 3:55:00 AM)


    The great poet's wonderful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Akachukwu Lekwauwa (3/14/2016 3:54:00 AM)


    lovely metaphor. a very rich piece of art (Report) Reply

  • Moira Cameron (3/14/2016 2:07:00 AM)


    I love the last verse - it sums up the regret and longing, but the beauty of the memory at the same time. (Report) Reply

  • (8/23/2015 3:51:00 PM)


    ....most beautiful, with a wonderful theme,
    this lovely memory of a special moment
    shall live forever ★
    (Report) Reply

  • (6/14/2015 12:41:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem, well penned........' (Report) Reply

  • (6/24/2014 10:24:00 PM)


    Truly a poem timeless poem that transcends time and space. He touches our minds and hearts from another time and place. If that's not immortality I don't know what is. (Report) Reply

  • Primrose Tee (6/24/2014 3:19:00 PM)


    awesome poem....liked it a lot (Report) Reply

  • (6/24/2014 7:07:00 AM)


    i love it (Report) Reply

  • (6/24/2014 5:53:00 AM)


    wow.this poem is very good.the use of chosen words in this poem was fantastic.and i like it...it moves me from a point to a point #periodically.. (Report) Reply

  • Sixtus Osim (6/25/2013 4:48:00 AM)


    Why can't we, younger generations write poems as this? Maybe they 've exhausted poetry vocabulries. This poem is good is all i want to say. (Report) Reply

  • Ralph The Elf (6/24/2012 7:52:00 AM)


    very poignant write...i am ralph o'grantson an african poet and i will love for you to read my poems and correct me where necessary...i will be very glad if you did that for me (Report) Reply

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