Henry David Thoreau

(12 July 1817 – 6 May 1862 / Concord, Massachusetts)

Low-Anchored Cloud Poem by Henry David Thoreau


Low-anchored cloud,
Newfoundland air,
Fountain-head and source of rivers,
Dew-cloth, dream-drapery,
And napkin spread by fays;
Drifting meadow of the air,
Where bloom the daisied banks and violets,
And in whose fenny labyrinth
The bittern booms and heron wades;
Spirit of lakes and seas and rivers,
Bear only perfumes and the scent
Of healing herbs to just men's fields!

Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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