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Children - Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Come to me, O ye children!
For I hear you at your play,
And the questions that perplexed me
Have vanished quite away.

Ye open the eastern windows,
That look towards the sun,
Where thoughts are singing swallows
And the brooks of morning run.

In your hearts are the birds and the sunshine,
In your thoughts the brooklet's flow,
But in mine is the wind of Autumn
And the first fall of the snow.

Ah! what would the world be to us
If the children were no more?
We should dread the desert behind us
Worse than the dark before.

What the leaves are to the forest,
With light and air for food,
Ere their sweet and tender juices
Have been hardened into wood, --

That to the world are children;
Through them it feels the glow
Of a brighter and sunnier climate
Than reaches the trunks below.

Come to me, O ye children!
And whisper in my ear
What the birds and the winds are singing
In your sunny atmosphere.

For what are all our contrivings,
And the wisdom of our books,
When compared with your caresses,
And the gladness of your looks?

Ye are better than all the ballads
That ever were sung or said;
For ye are living poems,
And all the rest are dead.


Comments about Children by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Rookie Ken Morgan (1/6/2018 1:49:00 PM)

    Lovely words from the father of three motherless children. Goes so well with 'The Children's Hour' by the same author (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Tim Gove (12/24/2017 12:10:00 AM)

    I can't remember reading poems EVER that have elicited such a brilliant endorphin rush as Children and Christmas Bells. Merry Christmas From me, Darien IL (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,150 Points Walterrean Salley (11/25/2016 6:55:00 PM)

    (Children by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.)
    ...
    What the leaves are to the forest,
    With light and air for food,
    Ere their sweet and tender juices
    Have been hardened into wood, -

    That to the world are children;
    Through them it feels the glow
    Of a brighter and sunnier climate
    Than reaches the trunks below.

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    **Herein, Longfellow depicts the worth - the true value of children to our world. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Children

  1. 1. Children , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  2. 2. The Cry Of The Children , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  3. 3. In Reference To Her Children , Anne Bradstreet
  4. 4. Children Of Light , Robert Lowell
  5. 5. Among School Children , William Butler Yeats
  6. 6. Two Children , Spike Milligan
  7. 7. Listen Children , Lucille Clifton
  8. 8. Night-Night (Children) , C.J. Heck
  9. 9. Before The Birth Of One Of Her Children , Anne Bradstreet
  10. 10. To A Lady And Her Children , Phillis Wheatley
  11. 11. Song To Be Sung By The Father Of Infant .. , Ogden Nash
  12. 12. The Money Tree (Children) , C.J. Heck
  13. 13. Against Writing About Children , Erin Belieu
  14. 14. God Has Pity On Kindergarten Children , Yehuda Amichai
  15. 15. Good And Bad Children , Robert Louis Stevenson
  16. 16. The Children Of The Night , Edwin Arlington Robinson
  17. 17. Angel In My Pocket (Children) , C.J. Heck
  18. 18. A Child’s Masterpiece (Children) , C.J. Heck
  19. 19. Squatter's Children , Elizabeth Bishop
  20. 20. Among Children , Philip Levine
  21. 21. Dancing Fairies (Children) , C.J. Heck
  22. 22. I Love Bugs (Children) , C.J. Heck
  23. 23. Warning To Children , Robert Graves
  24. 24. Children Imitating Cormorants , Kobayashi Issa
  25. 25. Daddy’s Boots (Children) , C.J. Heck
  26. 26. Reuben's Children , Dorothy Parker
  27. 27. Dear Mommy Up In Heaven (Children) , C.J. Heck
  28. 28. Children Selecting Books In A Library , Randall Jarrell
  29. 29. To His Two Children , Li Po
  30. 30. Whole Duty Of Children , Robert Louis Stevenson
  31. 31. I'M Not Talking (Children) , C.J. Heck
  32. 32. From The Short Story Shadow-Children , Louisa May Alcott
  33. 33. Children Of The Rainbow (Children) , C.J. Heck
  34. 34. Ode To Being Five (Children) , C.J. Heck
  35. 35. My Shadow (Children) , C.J. Heck
  36. 36. Growing Things (Children) , C.J. Heck
  37. 37. The Child Within (Children) , C.J. Heck
  38. 38. Little Boys And Jelly Beans (Children) , C.J. Heck
  39. 39. As Children Bid The Guest "Good Night" , Emily Dickinson
  40. 40. All By Myself (Cj & Rusty For Children) , C.J. Heck
  41. 41. Monkey Me (Children) , C.J. Heck
  42. 42. Windows In Heaven (Children) , C.J. Heck
  43. 43. Christmas Is Really For The Children , Steve Turner
  44. 44. A Little Riddle (Children) , C.J. Heck
  45. 45. Mud Pies (Children) , C.J. Heck
  46. 46. To My Children , Sarojini Naidu
  47. 47. Pedal Pushin' (Children) , C.J. Heck
  48. 48. Monster In A Box (Children) , C.J. Heck
  49. 49. When The Children Come Home , Henry Lawson
  50. 50. Permagosh (Children) , C.J. Heck
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