James Henry Leigh Hunt

(19 October 1784 – 28 August 1859 / Southgate, London)

The Nile

Poem by James Henry Leigh Hunt

It flows through old hushed Egypt and its sands,
Like some grave mighty thought threading a dream,
And times and things, as in that vision, seem
Keeping along it their eternal stands,--
Caves, pillars, pyramids, the shepherd bands
That roamed through the young world, the glory extreme
Of high Sesostris, and that southern beam,
The laughing queen that caught the world's great hands.
Then comes a mightier silence, stern and strong,
As of a world left empty of its throng,
And the void weighs on us; and then we wake,
And hear the fruitful stream lapsing along
'Twixt villages, and think how we shall take
Our own calm journey on for human sake.

Comments about The Nile by James Henry Leigh Hunt

  • George SamuelGeorge Samuel (6/14/2016 10:19:00 AM)

    some great mighty thought threading a dream
    Our own calm journey on for human sake.
    Beautiful lines here, excellent job.
    Please sir read my poem Your Smile, thanks.(Report)Reply

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  • Amar AgarwalaAmar Agarwala (6/13/2016 7:22:00 PM)

    A very well composed poetry.(Report)Reply

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  • Dorina NeculceDorina Neculce (6/13/2016 3:24:00 PM)

    very nice poetry

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (6/13/2016 11:16:00 AM)

    A beautifully conceived nature poem portraying the marvelous course of journey of river Nile through Egypt. Thanks for sharing it here.(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (6/13/2016 10:23:00 AM)

    River Nile and in its long journey a nice poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (6/13/2016 3:35:00 AM)

    Nice poem, thanks for sharing...10(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (6/13/2016 3:24:00 AM)

    The Nile is very important to Egypt! And, other parts of Africa. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

    A. Madhavan(6/13/2016 9:19:00 PM)

    I observe that the 'User rating' for this metaphorical poem by Leigh Hunt is 4.9/10, less than the
    minimal 5 points one gets for one's original new submission.
    I shall re-read the two excellent travel books on the Nile (in prose) by Alan Moorehead and P.B. Shelley's
    sonnet, 'Oztmandias'. AM

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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