William Brighty Rands

(1823 - 1882 / England)

Great, Wide, Beautiful, Wonderful World - Poem by William Brighty Rands

Great, wide, beautiful, wonderful World,
With the wonderful water round you curled,
And the wonderful grass upon your breast--
World, you are beautifully drest.

The wonderful air is over me,
And the wonderful wind is shaking the tree,
It walks on the water, and whirls the mills,
And talks to itself on the tops of the hills.

You friendly Earth! how far do you go,
With the wheat-fields that nod and the rivers that flow,
With cities and gardens, and cliffs, and isles,
And people upon you for thousands of miles?

Ah, you are so great, and I am so small,
I tremble to think of you, World, at all;
And yet, when I said my prayers to-day,
A whisper inside me seemed to say,
"You are more than the Earth, though you are such a dot:
You can love and think, and the Earth cannot!"


Comments about Great, Wide, Beautiful, Wonderful World by William Brighty Rands

  • (5/29/2018 8:24:00 AM)


    Why did the poet say that the world is beautifully drest dressed (Report) Reply

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  • (5/19/2018 7:26:00 PM)


    kya gajab poem hai (Report) Reply

  • (5/1/2018 9:29:00 AM)


    Why does the poet called the Earth friendly in this poem (Report) Reply

  • (4/19/2018 10:32:00 AM)


    Very good (Report) Reply

  • (4/19/2018 10:32:00 AM)


    Very nice (Report) Reply

  • (4/18/2018 2:10:00 PM)


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  • (4/7/2018 5:47:00 AM)


    Very beautiful poem (Report) Reply

  • (3/29/2018 10:41:00 AM)


    What is the genre of this poem (Report) Reply

  • (3/4/2018 8:45:00 AM)


    Quistions and ans (Report) Reply

  • (2/22/2018 7:09:00 PM)


    I am in school this poem was in the text book. It is a nice poem (Report) Reply

  • (1/17/2018 7:57:00 AM)


    Fantastic poetry,,☺☺on world .Very rejoicing poem. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (1/23/2017 8:17:00 AM)


    Its a beautiful poem about our loving planet. It is beautiful and has a lot of wonderful things in its lap to offer us. Very nice poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Lantz Pierre (1/23/2017 5:23:00 AM)

    Seriously?
    You think this sphere of mineral mass is capable of feelings? Granted, our own human capabilities to figure things out is kind of limited, but what rational basis could you have for extending some concept of consciousness to a whole planet as an independent entity? Sounds far fetched to me. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (1/23/2017 4:37:00 AM)

    tom allport
    beautifully written piece of what we think of our home planet, even though I disagree with the last bit? I think our mother earth does have feelings but not as we can yet understand. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/23/2017 3:26:00 AM)

    Inside me
    Whirls the mills! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/23/2017 1:37:00 AM)

    Fantastic One
    The magic of nature and all wonderful things in it nicely written....10 Thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (1/23/2017 1:07:00 AM)


    The friendly Earth....can think and love us....because She is our Mother Earth- -10 (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (1/23/2017 12:53:00 AM)


    Thanks for sharing........................., , , , (Report) Reply

  • (5/30/2014 6:49:00 PM)


    ...........this is my favourite stanza.....truly enjoyed...
    ~Ah, you are so great, and I am so small,
    I tremble to think of you, World, at all;
    And yet, when I said my prayers to-day,
    A whisper inside me seemed to say,
    You are more than the Earth, though you are such a dot:
    You can love and think, and the Earth cannot! ~
    (Report) Reply

  • (6/9/2013 4:13:00 PM)


    My grandmother was born in 1914 and she recited this poem on stage in the 3rd grade. She taught it to me in 1966 because it was her favorite poem. I've taught it to my son's (now grown) and today I found that very same 'Third grade Reader' (my grandmother's) and read the poem to my step-daughter. After reading the poem to the 9 year old - she finally realized that God loves her and the message of Jesus. The understanding from the poem awoke her like a beacon of light and she got it - we are more important than the world though we are such a dot - we can love and think, and the Earth cannot! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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