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

Great, Wide, Beautiful, Wonderful World

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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 OF THE POEM
Kendra Lloyd 11 February 2008

i work in a nursing home and i work with a lot of alhiemerz patients...one of my favorite patients recited this to me one nite before putting her to bed and she said it so beautifully. She cant remember my name from day to day but she can remember a poem she learned in the 5th grade.

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Aditi Raut 20 July 2012

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Hero Hero 22 November 2008

thanks wiliam i am mohamed from egypt

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Mechelle Suitt 09 June 2013

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!

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* Sunprincess * 30 May 2014

...........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! ~

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Doreen julia jackson 04 December 2019

I recited thisat speech day when i was 14 yrs old i am now 80 yrs

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Durva 18 September 2019

How is the world “beautifully drest“

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Kalyan 17 September 2019

Great wide beautiful and wonderful world summary

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Kalyan 17 September 2019

Hii I am Kalyan

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Nisha 02 September 2019

What flows upon the earth In this poem

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