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A Gleam Of Sunshine - Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This is the place. Stand still, my steed,
Let me review the scene,
And summon from the shadowy Past
The forms that once have been.

The Past and Present here unite
Beneath Time's flowing tide,
Like footprints hidden by a brook,
But seen on either side.

Here runs the highway to the town;
There the green lane descends,
Through which I walked to church with thee,
O gentlest of my friends!

The shadow of the linden-trees
Lay moving on the grass;
Between them and the moving boughs,
A shadow, thou didst pass.

Thy dress was like the lilies,
And thy heart as pure as they:
One of God's holy messengers
Did walk with me that day.

I saw the branches of the trees
Bend down thy touch to meet,
The clover-blossoms in the grass
Rise up to kiss thy feet,

"Sleep, sleep to-day, tormenting cares,
Of earth and folly born!"
Solemnly sang the village choir
On that sweet Sabbath morn.

Through the closed blinds the golden sun
Poured in a dusty beam,
Like the celestial ladder seen
By Jacob in his dream.

And ever and anon, the wind,
Sweet-scented with the hay,
Turned o'er the hymn-book's fluttering leaves
That on the window lay.

Long was the good man's sermon,
Yet it seemed not so to me;
For he spake of Ruth the beautiful,
And still I thought of thee.

Long was the prayer he uttered,
Yet it seemed not so to me;
For in my heart I prayed with him,
And still I thought of thee.

But now, alas! the place seems changed;
Thou art no longer here:
Part of the sunshine of the scene
With thee did disappear.

Though thoughts, deep-rooted in my heart,
Like pine-trees dark and high,
Subdue the light of noon, and breathe
A low and ceaseless sigh;

This memory brightens o'er the past,
As when the sun, concealed
Behind some cloud that near us hangs
Shines on a distant field.


Comments about A Gleam Of Sunshine by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Gold Star - 5,744 Points Amar Agarwala (4/8/2016 7:48:00 PM)

    Longfellow at his best. This is masterpiece - beautiful, stunning, marvelous, breath-taking; with a rhyme and rhythm that sounds like melody from the heavens upon mortal eyes and ears.

    Cannot define how I feel at reading this. But it inspires the wayward poet in me to write on.

    May his verses continue to enlighten beautiful souls. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 66,259 Points Susan Williams (4/8/2016 4:47:00 PM)

    I have a fondness for verses that flow so melodiously, for words that paint wonderful scenery, for a heart that loves those around him, , for all that is good in poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 55,644 Points Ratnakar Mandlik (4/8/2016 3:04:00 AM)

    The flow of this beautiful poem is captivating. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Sunshine

  1. 1. A Gleam Of Sunshine , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  2. 2. In A Land Without Sunshine , Anthony Halat
  3. 3. Springtime Sunshine , Brad David Buckley
  4. 4. Sunshine , Karen Marie Haas
  5. 5. Sunshine , Vachel Lindsay
  6. 6. Sunshine State , AM Juster
  7. 7. You Make The Sunshine Of My Heart , Mathilde Blind
  8. 8. (the Sunshine Seeks My Little Room) , Robert William Service
  9. 9. Sunshine , Robert William Service
  10. 10. Sunshine And Shadow , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  11. 11. There Is No Sunshine On The Sun , Daniel Lloyd Kennedy
  12. 12. Stoves And Sunshine , Eugene Field
  13. 13. A Day Of Sunshine , Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
  14. 14. My Sunshine , Herbert Nehrlich
  15. 15. The Sunshine , Sandra Osborne
  16. 16. Ray Of Sunshine , Rebecca Mueller
  17. 17. Sunshine , Danielle Brandon
  18. 18. Sunshine After , Scarborough Gypsy
  19. 19. Hoarded Sunshine , Joe Howell
  20. 20. You Are My Sunshine , Missy Lynn
  21. 21. Sunshine , Kitty Marie Lucas
  22. 22. Sunshine Lost , Nicky McNeil
  23. 23. Sunshine , David Maria Kok
  24. 24. Sunshine Fairies , Emilia Tejada
  25. 25. Sunshine , Karen Alc.
  26. 26. I Am The Sunshine , Charles Garcia
  27. 27. Sunshine And Moonbeams , Clarence A. Graham, Jr.
  28. 28. Before There Was Sunshine , Gail Grierson
  29. 29. Awaiting Sunshine. , Graham Jones
  30. 30. 996: Pretentious Sunshine , Amit Biswas
  31. 31. The Sunshine In A Smile , Gail Grierson
  32. 32. My Beautiful Sunshine , Sylvia Chidi
  33. 33. Driving In The Sunshine , Jonathan Goldman a.k.a JGthe ..
  34. 34. Indescribable (Sunshine Forever) , Chionh Zhe Wen
  35. 35. Sunshine , Meghan
  36. 36. Sunday Morning Sunshine , fred carter
  37. 37. Sunshine , Bee Hive
  38. 38. Him And Sunshine , Natasa Tocuc
  39. 39. Sunshine , nabena mchusteen
  40. 40. A Whisper Of Sunshine , Sandra Fowler
  41. 41. Ode To Portland Sunshine , AliciaPilar Mogollon
  42. 42. Sunshine And My Rock , Danielle Beechum
  43. 43. Ray Of Sunshine. , Colleen Wright
  44. 44. Sunshine And The Wind , Trucker Jeff
  45. 45. My Sunshine......(To My Daughter) , Arti Chopra
  46. 46. Farewell - Sunshine Coast , Herbert Nehrlich
  47. 47. The Sunshine Express , Hyperion Cartel
  48. 48. Too Much Snow, Not Enough Sunshine , Ami Rustam
  49. 49. What Colorless Sunshine , Iam notThou
  50. 50. Fireworks Vs. Sunshine , Eli J Tod
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