James Russell Lowell

(22 February 1819 – 12 August 1891 / Cambridge, Massachusetts)

A Parable-Iii - Poem by James Russell Lowell

An ass munched thistles, while a nightingale
From passion's fountain flooded all the vale.
'Hee-haw!' cried he, 'I hearken,' as who knew
For such ear-largess humble thanks were due.
'Friend,' said the winged pain, 'in vain you bray,
Who tunnels bring, not cisterns, for my lay;
None but his peers the poet rightly hear,
Nor mete we listeners by their length of ear.'


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 10, 2012



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