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Children - Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Come to me, O ye children!
For I hear you at your play,
And the questions that perplexed me
Have vanished quite away.

Ye open the eastern windows,
That look towards the sun,
Where thoughts are singing swallows
And the brooks of morning run.

In your hearts are the birds and the sunshine,
In your thoughts the brooklet's flow,
But in mine is the wind of Autumn
And the first fall of the snow.

Ah! what would the world be to us
If the children were no more?
We should dread the desert behind us
Worse than the dark before.

What the leaves are to the forest,
With light and air for food,
Ere their sweet and tender juices
Have been hardened into wood, --

That to the world are children;
Through them it feels the glow
Of a brighter and sunnier climate
Than reaches the trunks below.

Come to me, O ye children!
And whisper in my ear
What the birds and the winds are singing
In your sunny atmosphere.

For what are all our contrivings,
And the wisdom of our books,
When compared with your caresses,
And the gladness of your looks?

Ye are better than all the ballads
That ever were sung or said;
For ye are living poems,
And all the rest are dead.


Comments about Children by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Gold Star - 11,444 Points Walterrean Salley (11/25/2016 6:55:00 PM)

    (Children by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.)
    ...
    What the leaves are to the forest,
    With light and air for food,
    Ere their sweet and tender juices
    Have been hardened into wood, -

    That to the world are children;
    Through them it feels the glow
    Of a brighter and sunnier climate
    Than reaches the trunks below.

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    **Herein, Longfellow depicts the worth - the true value of children to our world. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Arpita Choudhury (6/24/2014 8:47:00 AM)

    What beautiful use of words! ! Beautiful poem! ! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,164 Points Michelle Claus (4/20/2014 11:33:00 AM)

    I agree with Longfellow's message. May our aging minds remain soft and dynamic, and not become hardened. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Children

  1. 1. Children , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  2. 2. The Cry Of The Children , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  3. 3. In Reference To Her Children , Anne Bradstreet
  4. 4. Children Of Light , Robert Lowell
  5. 5. Among School Children , William Butler Yeats
  6. 6. Two Children , Spike Milligan
  7. 7. Listen Children , Lucille Clifton
  8. 8. Night-Night (Children) , C.J. Heck
  9. 9. Before The Birth Of One Of Her Children , Anne Bradstreet
  10. 10. Song To Be Sung By The Father Of Infant .. , Ogden Nash
  11. 11. God Has Pity On Kindergarten Children , Yehuda Amichai
  12. 12. Christmas Is Really For The Children , Steve Turner
  13. 13. The Money Tree (Children) , C.J. Heck
  14. 14. The Children Of The Night , Edwin Arlington Robinson
  15. 15. Against Writing About Children , Erin Belieu
  16. 16. Squatter's Children , Elizabeth Bishop
  17. 17. A Child’s Masterpiece (Children) , C.J. Heck
  18. 18. Good And Bad Children , Robert Louis Stevenson
  19. 19. Among Children , Philip Levine
  20. 20. Angel In My Pocket (Children) , C.J. Heck
  21. 21. My Shadow (Children) , C.J. Heck
  22. 22. Reuben's Children , Dorothy Parker
  23. 23. Dancing Fairies (Children) , C.J. Heck
  24. 24. Children Selecting Books In A Library , Randall Jarrell
  25. 25. Ode To Being Five (Children) , C.J. Heck
  26. 26. To His Two Children , Li Po
  27. 27. I Love Bugs (Children) , C.J. Heck
  28. 28. Daddy’s Boots (Children) , C.J. Heck
  29. 29. Dear Mommy Up In Heaven (Children) , C.J. Heck
  30. 30. Whole Duty Of Children , Robert Louis Stevenson
  31. 31. I'M Not Talking (Children) , C.J. Heck
  32. 32. Warning To Children , Robert Graves
  33. 33. Children Of The Rainbow (Children) , C.J. Heck
  34. 34. As Children Bid The Guest "Good Night" , Emily Dickinson
  35. 35. To My Children , Sarojini Naidu
  36. 36. From The Short Story Shadow-Children , Louisa May Alcott
  37. 37. Growing Things (Children) , C.J. Heck
  38. 38. The Child Within (Children) , C.J. Heck
  39. 39. Children Imitating Cormorants , Kobayashi Issa
  40. 40. To A Lady And Her Children , Phillis Wheatley
  41. 41. Little Boys And Jelly Beans (Children) , C.J. Heck
  42. 42. Baby's First Christmas (Children) , C.J. Heck
  43. 43. All By Myself (Cj & Rusty For Children) , C.J. Heck
  44. 44. Windows In Heaven (Children) , C.J. Heck
  45. 45. A Little Riddle (Children) , C.J. Heck
  46. 46. Mud Pies (Children) , C.J. Heck
  47. 47. Monkey Me (Children) , C.J. Heck
  48. 48. My Imaginary Friend (Children) , C.J. Heck
  49. 49. Pedal Pushin' (Children) , C.J. Heck
  50. 50. Monster In A Box (Children) , C.J. Heck
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