Jones Very Poems
- Nature The bubbling brook doth leap when I come by, Because...
- Life IT is not life upon Thy gifts to live, But, to grow ...
- Enoch I looked to find a man who walked with God, Like the ...
- Thy Better Self I AM thy other self, what thou wilt be, ...
- The Dead I see them crowd on crowd they walk the earth Dry,...
- The Barberry-Bush The bush that has most briers and bitter ...
- I Was Sick And In Prison Thou hast not left the rough-barked ...
Jones Very was an American essayist, poet, clergymen, and mystic associated with the American Transcendentalism movement. He was known as a scholar of William Shakespeare and many of his poems were Shakespearean sonnets. He was well-known and respected amongst the Transcendentalists, though he had a mental breakdown early in his career.
Born in Salem, Massachusetts to two unwed first cousins, Jones Very became associated with Harvard University, first as an undergraduate, then as a student in the Harvard Divinity School and as a tutor of Greek. He heavily studied epic poetry and was invited to lecture on the topic in his home town, which drew the attention of Ralph Waldo Emerson. ... more »
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The bubbling brook doth leap when I come by,
Because my feet find measure with its call;
The birds know when the friend they love is nigh,
For I am known to them, both great and small.
The flower that on the lonely hillside grows
Expects me there when spring its bloom has given;
And many a tree and bush my wanderings knows,
And e'en the clouds and silent stars of heaven;
For he who with his Maker walks aright,
Shall be their lord as Adam was before;
His ear shall catch each sound with new delight,
Each object wear the dress that then it wore;