James Russell Lowell

(22 February 1819 – 12 August 1891 / Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Allegra - Poem by James Russell Lowell

I would more natures were like thine,
That never casts a glance before,
Thou Hebe, who thy heart's bright wine
So lavishly to all dost pour,
That we who drink forget to pine,
And can but dream of bliss in store.

Thou canst not see a shade in life;
With sunward instinct thou dost rise,
And, leaving clouds below at strife,
Gazest undazzled at the skies,
With all their blazing splendors rife,
A songful lark with eagle's eyes.

Thou wast some foundling whom the Hours
Nursed, laughing, with the milk of Mirth;
Some influence more gay than ours
Hath ruled thy nature from its birth,
As if thy natal stars were flowers
That shook their seeds round thee on earth.

And thou, to lull thine infant rest,
Wast cradled like an Indian child;
All pleasant winds from south and west
With lullabies thine ears beguiled,
Rocking thee in thine oriole's nest,
Till Nature looked at thee and smiled.

Thine every fancy seems to borrow
A sunlight from thy childish years,
Making a golden cloud of sorrow,
A hope-lit rainbow out of tears,-
Thy heart is certain of to-morrow,
Though 'yond to-day it never peers.

I would more natures were like thine,
So innocently wild and free,
Whose sad thoughts, even, leap and shine,
Like sunny wavelets in the sea,
Making us mindless of the brine,
In gazing on the brilliancy.


Comments about Allegra by James Russell Lowell

  • Paresh Chakra (12/9/2018 10:49:00 AM)

    It is a great poem 10+++++++++ (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (5/20/2018 4:22:00 PM)

    This poem is an outstanding poem. Reading such a lovely poem as poem of the day motivates mind automatically. Heart's bright beat nourishes natural life. Brilliant expression is witnessed. All pleasant winds from south and west
    with lullabies thine ears beguiled. We deeply and affectionately appreciate poet's effort for penning this poem...10
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  • Susan Williams (5/20/2018 3:19:00 PM)

    I agree to a point- -a sunny, cheerful, optimistic outlook makes many days with their itty bitty annoyances a better day- -however- - ] Whose sad thoughts, even, leap and shine, / Like sunny wavelets in the sea, /Making us mindless of the brine, [- - - - - one must feel the depth of sorrow or righteous anger or frankly one could be rightfully called a blooming idiot (Report)Reply

    Kumarmani Mahakul(5/20/2018 4:19:00 PM)

    Optimistic outlook motivates mind. Sunny wavelets amaze us. This poem is very brilliantly penned. We like your feedback here.

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (5/20/2018 7:08:00 AM)

    Such a great write by James Russell Lowell👍👍👍 (Report)Reply

    Kumarmani Mahakul(5/20/2018 4:04:00 PM)

    Bernard, I agree with you as this is a great write and an immortal poem of the day.

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (5/20/2018 6:36:00 AM)

    A poem if it has survived time, it becomes immortal. In most times, the poet est mort (is dead already) and his-/her poem becomes immortal. This poem is most beautiful and has an excellent flow n rhyming ends. Ro JRL´s family: Congratulations being chosen as The Classic Poem Of The Day! A magnificently created. Myriad of 10´s (Report)Reply

    Kumarmani Mahakul(5/20/2018 4:03:00 PM)

    I agree with you completely and feel that this poem has become immortal. We feel the beauty of expression. This classic poem is of excellent quality.

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  • Robert Murray Smith (5/20/2018 12:19:00 AM)

    A poem of its time. Not to my liking. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 10, 2012



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