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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 - 9,613 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. Children Of Light , Robert Lowell
  4. 4. Among School Children , William Butler Yeats
  5. 5. Two Children , Spike Milligan
  6. 6. In Reference To Her Children , Anne Bradstreet
  7. 7. Listen Children , Lucille Clifton
  8. 8. Song To Be Sung By The Father Of Infant .. , Ogden Nash
  9. 9. God Has Pity On Kindergarten Children , Yehuda Amichai
  10. 10. Squatter's Children , Elizabeth Bishop
  11. 11. Before The Birth Of One Of Her Children , Anne Bradstreet
  12. 12. Among Children , Philip Levine
  13. 13. Christmas Is Really For The Children , Steve Turner
  14. 14. Night-Night (Children) , C.J. Heck
  15. 15. Reuben's Children , Dorothy Parker
  16. 16. Good And Bad Children , Robert Louis Stevenson
  17. 17. Dancing Fairies (Children) , C.J. Heck
  18. 18. Warning To Children , Robert Graves
  19. 19. The Children Of The Night , Edwin Arlington Robinson
  20. 20. To My Children , Sarojini Naidu
  21. 21. Children Selecting Books In A Library , Randall Jarrell
  22. 22. To His Two Children , Li Po
  23. 23. Children Imitating Cormorants , Kobayashi Issa
  24. 24. Whole Duty Of Children , Robert Louis Stevenson
  25. 25. Angel In My Pocket (Children) , C.J. Heck
  26. 26. As Children Bid The Guest "Good Night" , Emily Dickinson
  27. 27. The Money Tree (Children) , C.J. Heck
  28. 28. From The Short Story Shadow-Children , Louisa May Alcott
  29. 29. Against Writing About Children , Erin Belieu
  30. 30. To A Lady And Her Children , Phillis Wheatley
  31. 31. Growing Things (Children) , C.J. Heck
  32. 32. Foreign Children , Robert Louis Stevenson
  33. 33. Pedal Pushin' (Children) , C.J. Heck
  34. 34. Little Boys And Jelly Beans (Children) , C.J. Heck
  35. 35. Children Of The Rainbow (Children) , C.J. Heck
  36. 36. When The Children Come Home , Henry Lawson
  37. 37. The Lighthouse (Children) , C.J. Heck
  38. 38. I Love Bugs (Children) , C.J. Heck
  39. 39. Ode To Being Five (Children) , C.J. Heck
  40. 40. Daddy’s Boots (Children) , C.J. Heck
  41. 41. Angels All Around Me (Children) , C.J. Heck
  42. 42. A Child’s Masterpiece (Children) , C.J. Heck
  43. 43. Dreaming (Children) , C.J. Heck
  44. 44. Good-Children Street , Eugene Field
  45. 45. Thank God For Little Children , Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
  46. 46. The Clown (Children) , C.J. Heck
  47. 47. When Mommy's Sick (Children) , C.J. Heck
  48. 48. Windows In Heaven (Children) , C.J. Heck
  49. 49. A Little Riddle (Children) , C.J. Heck
  50. 50. Letter From Heaven (Children) , C.J. Heck
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