William Henry Davies

(3 July 1871 – 26 September 1940 / Monmouthshire / Wales)

Leisure - Poem by William Henry Davies

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

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  • Ravindran Govindaraju (10/18/2010 5:24:00 AM)

    A stark reality of life, chasing the shadows of that dream/s called life. By wink of an eye we miss seeing the world.How true, we have no time to stand and stare, appreciate the god's creation; peoples love; fragmenting with our own divided walls, by island of ourselves.narrow parochial outlook; oh my, give eyes to wonder, lack words to praise. beauty, beauty from every creations. (Report) Reply

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  • (2/20/2010 4:53:00 PM)

    As a scientist I often have to pause to consider a new idea or concept. It is just so important to free one's mind from the day-to-day clutter that one finds so prevalent in this modern World. So by pausing in life I find one can become much more observant and perceptive and for myself I find that new ideas that oftentimes are very significant come to me much more readily. William Davies has spoken clearly to me over time and distance.
    John Loudon
    Sydney, Australia
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  • (10/28/2006 2:45:00 AM)

    Thanks to Luis Gumucio of Santiago, Chile, I have 're' discovered this poem that I learnt in Grammar School in England in the mid-sixties.
    Being an eternal romantic the verse that had stuck in my mind for forty years is... ' No time to wait till her mouth can, enrich that smile her eyes began', but indeed, the words should help us reflect on what we are doing with our lives and others lives.
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  • (3/20/2006 3:18:00 PM)

    This is a poem that many people know, but don, t know the author. It is often quoted because it gives us chance to think what are we doing with our lives?
    How to make time to be quiet, rest and contemplate how we are doign, our goals. Our Treatment of others etc. So read and enjoy it and remember the name of the author, then if any one askes Yes, you can I know William Henry Davies and say it proudly.
    Thanks for listening.
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  • (5/19/2005 8:32:00 AM)

    This poem reveals how far we have come away from Nature. It may also imply that unless we make it our goal to discover and appreciate Nature we may be doomed. (Report) Reply

  • (3/7/2005 8:41:00 AM)

    wonderful poem ive read, love reading poems, this one points out the reality v face (Report) Reply

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