Hans Christian Andersen

(2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875 / Odense)

From The Philosopher’s Stone

Poem by Hans Christian Andersen

Now she heard the following words sadly sung,—

“Life is a shadow that flits away
In a night of darkness and woe.”

But then would follow brighter thoughts:

“Life has the rose’s sweet perfume
With sunshine, light, and joy.”

And if one stanza sounded painfully—

“Each mortal thinks of himself alone,
Is a truth, alas, too clearly known;”

Then, on the other hand, came the answer—

“Love, like a mighty flowing stream,
Fills every heart with its radiant gleam.”

She heard, indeed, such words as these—

“In the pretty turmoil here below,
All is a vain and paltry show.”

Then came also words of comfort—

“Great and good are the actions done
By many whose worth is never known.”

And if sometimes the mocking strain reached her—

“Why not join in the jesting cry
That contemns all gifts from the throne on high?”

In the blind girl’s heart a stronger voice repeated—

“To trust in thyself and God is best,
In His holy will forever to rest.”

But the evil spirit could not see this and remain contented.


Comments about From The Philosopher’s Stone by Hans Christian Andersen

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (2/27/2019 1:31:00 PM)

    Superb poem, I quote:
    Love, like a mighty flowing stream,
    Fills every heart with its radiant gleam(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (11/2/2018 6:41:00 AM)

    “Life has the rose’s sweet perfume
    With sunshine, light, and joy.” Beautiful poem and quote.. thank u. tzony(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (7/1/2017 1:30:00 PM)

    Lovely poem. Philosophical musings- positive and negative sides of life come face to face. Thanks.(Report)Reply

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  • Rajesh ThankappanRajesh Thankappan (7/1/2017 10:35:00 AM)

    Life has all the ingredients - highs and lows, hopes and despair etc. etc. Liked the poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Hassan HayatiHassan Hayati (7/1/2017 7:55:00 AM)

    a nice piece and I must read it times and times(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (7/1/2017 6:37:00 AM)

    This is a beautiful philosophical poem having thrilling expression.Let me quote some touching lines... In the blind girl’s heart a stronger voice repeated—

    “To trust in thyself and God is best,
    In His holy will forever to rest.” Thanks and congratulation for the poem of the day.(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (7/1/2017 3:43:00 AM)

    Indeed life is alternating between good and bad, darkness and brightness and as he completes it is better one can go steady only if trusts on oneself and God ever! But who cares for the fallen evil ever?(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (7/1/2017 3:39:00 AM)

    That fits away! ! Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Abekah EmmanuelAbekah Emmanuel (8/29/2014 4:17:00 PM)

    How delightful this poem sounds to my heart.....indeed very philosophical!(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004