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Good-by

Good-by, proud world, I'm going home,
Thou'rt not my friend, and I'm not thine;
Long through thy weary crowds I roam;
A river-ark on the ocean brine,
Long I've been tossed like the driven foam,
But now, proud world, I'm going home.

Good-by to Flattery's fawning face,
To Grandeur, with his wise grimace,
To upstart Wealth's averted eye,
To supple Office low and high,
To crowded halls, to court, and street,
To frozen hearts, and hasting feet,
To those who go, and those who come,
Good-by, proud world, I'm going home.

I'm going to my own hearth-stone
Bosomed in yon green hills, alone,
A secret nook in a pleasant land,
Whose groves the frolic fairies planned;
Where arches green the livelong day
Echo the blackbird's roundelay,
And vulgar feet have never trod
A spot that is sacred to thought and God.

Oh, when I am safe in my sylvan home,
I tread on the pride of Greece and Rome;
And when I am stretched beneath the pines
Where the evening star so holy shines,
I laugh at the lore and the pride of man,
At the sophist schools, and the learned clan;
For what are they all in their high conceit,
When man in the bush with God may meet.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003


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  • Annette Liliann (6/6/2013 7:39:00 PM)

    love this poem. echoes my thought right now.

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  • Goodness Tchibueze (6/6/2013 9:25:00 AM)

    my favourite poem any time, any day... Thanks Waldo.

  • Walterrean Salley (4/3/2013 2:08:00 AM)

    Refreshing. Sobering. Comforting. A poem for the ages.

  • Carlos Echeverria (6/6/2012 2:12:00 PM)

    Proto-existential poetry. Emerson was ahead of his time.

  • Oludipe Oyin Samuel (6/6/2012 10:55:00 AM)

    Striking realizing poem

  • Manonton Dalan (6/6/2012 4:27:00 AM)

    i could be saying this when i retire.
    i hope ss will be around.

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (6/6/2012 1:46:00 AM)

    Nice GOOD-by song for the readers of all ages. But remind again the lines before drowning.......

    Good-by to Flattery's fawning face,
    To Grandeur, with his wise grimace, .......

    so not much soft... the growling also revibrating like a sharp and cool knife....Good-by penetrating the existing soil also. Nice put.

  • Diplove Gautam (6/6/2011 11:05:00 PM)

    its very nice..
    ......i liked the poem very much........

  • Secret Secret (6/6/2011 7:35:00 PM)

    i like i like i love it

  • Hilton Ball (6/6/2011 11:00:00 AM)

    wow that was superb for these words i've heard this poem rymes by the dropp of a dime but it is well to keep in mind to watch out for swine who are unkind but once you leave peaple will beleave that a poem like this is not a swing an miss

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