Treasure Island

Bliss William Carman

(15 April 1861 – 8 June 1929 / New Brunswick)

A New England Thanksgiving

IT is the mellow season
When gold enchantment lies
On stream and road and woodland,
To gladden soul's surmise.
The little old grey homesteads
Are quiet as can be,
Among their stone-fenced orchards
And meadows by the sea.

Here lived the men who gave us
The purpose that holds fast,
The dream that nerves endeavor,
The glory that shall last.
Here strong as pines in winter
And free as ripening corn,
Our faith in fair ideals —
Our fathers' faiths —was born.

Here shone through simple living,
With pride in word and deed,
And consciences of granite,
The old New England breed.
With souls assayed by hardship,
Illumined, self-possessed,
Strongly they lived, and left us
Their passion for the best.

On trails that cut the sunset,
Above the last divide,
The vision has not vanished,
The whisper has not died.
From Shasta to Katahdin,
Blue Hill to Smoky Ridge,
Still stand the just convictions
That stood at Concord Bridge.

Beneath our gilded revel,
Behind our ardent boast,
Above our young impatience
To value least and most,
Sure as the swinging compass
To serve at touch of need,
Square to the world's four corners,
Abides their fearless creed.

Still fired with wonder-working,
Intolerant of peers,
Impetuous and sanguine
After the hundred years,
In likeness to our fathers,
Beyond the safe-marked scope
Of reason and decorum,
We jest and dare and hope.

Thank we the Blood that bred us,
Clear fibre and clean strain —
The Truth which straightly sighted
Lets no one swerve again.
And may almighty Goodness
Give us the will to be
As sweet as upland pastures,
And strong as wind at sea.

Submitted: Monday, September 13, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A New England Thanksgiving by Bliss William Carman )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members.. Updates

New Poems

  1. The one who is blessed by the God is su.., Dr.V.K. Kanniappan
  2. Angel, Asit Kumar Sanyal
  3. Malaria, hasmukh amathalal
  4. The life we have lived, Goodenough Sakhile Dlamini
  5. At our will, hasmukh amathalal
  6. See the fishes, hasmukh amathalal
  7. Two Become One, Loide V Augustinus
  8. Your Sweetness, Loide V Augustinus
  9. Why do you mock at my love, Nalini Chaturvedi
  10. Drifting Away, Loide V Augustinus

Poem of the Day

poet Lewis Carroll

Five little girls, of Five, Four, Three, Two, One:
Rolling on the hearthrug, full of tricks and fun.

Five rosy girls, in years from Ten to Six:
...... Read complete »


Modern Poem

poet Joanne Kyger


Member Poem

[Hata Bildir]