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A Gleam Of Sunshine - Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This is the place. Stand still, my steed,
Let me review the scene,
And summon from the shadowy Past
The forms that once have been.

The Past and Present here unite
Beneath Time's flowing tide,
Like footprints hidden by a brook,
But seen on either side.

Here runs the highway to the town;
There the green lane descends,
Through which I walked to church with thee,
O gentlest of my friends!

The shadow of the linden-trees
Lay moving on the grass;
Between them and the moving boughs,
A shadow, thou didst pass.

Thy dress was like the lilies,
And thy heart as pure as they:
One of God's holy messengers
Did walk with me that day.

I saw the branches of the trees
Bend down thy touch to meet,
The clover-blossoms in the grass
Rise up to kiss thy feet,

"Sleep, sleep to-day, tormenting cares,
Of earth and folly born!"
Solemnly sang the village choir
On that sweet Sabbath morn.

Through the closed blinds the golden sun
Poured in a dusty beam,
Like the celestial ladder seen
By Jacob in his dream.

And ever and anon, the wind,
Sweet-scented with the hay,
Turned o'er the hymn-book's fluttering leaves
That on the window lay.

Long was the good man's sermon,
Yet it seemed not so to me;
For he spake of Ruth the beautiful,
And still I thought of thee.

Long was the prayer he uttered,
Yet it seemed not so to me;
For in my heart I prayed with him,
And still I thought of thee.

But now, alas! the place seems changed;
Thou art no longer here:
Part of the sunshine of the scene
With thee did disappear.

Though thoughts, deep-rooted in my heart,
Like pine-trees dark and high,
Subdue the light of noon, and breathe
A low and ceaseless sigh;

This memory brightens o'er the past,
As when the sun, concealed
Behind some cloud that near us hangs
Shines on a distant field.


Comments about A Gleam Of Sunshine by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Rookie Sylva-Onyema Uba (4/11/2018 3:39:00 AM)

    The past and present here untie.

    Nicely written and well communicated (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Sylva-Onyema UBa (4/11/2018 3:34:00 AM)

    I saw the branches of the trees. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Aaron Eckel (12/2/2017 3:19:00 AM)

    Always loved this. 37 year old that loves poetry (Report) Reply

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Poems About Sunshine

  1. 1. A Gleam Of Sunshine , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  2. 2. A Draught Of Sunshine , John Keats
  3. 3. (the Sunshine Seeks My Little Room) , Robert William Service
  4. 4. A Whisper Of Sunshine , Sandra Fowler
  5. 5. A Day Of Sunshine , Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
  6. 6. You Fill My Soul With Sunshine , David Harris
  7. 7. - The Sunshine Of My Life (Etheree) , Ben Gieske
  8. 8. Sunshine , Vachel Lindsay
  9. 9. Sunshine Has Filled The Room , Anna Akhmatova
  10. 10. Stoves And Sunshine , Eugene Field
  11. 11. A Dream Of Sunshine , Eugene Field
  12. 12. You Make The Sunshine Of My Heart , Mathilde Blind
  13. 13. Sunshine Through A Cobwebbed Window , Amy Lowell
  14. 14. Sunshine, Sunshine , Sylvia Chidi
  15. 15. The Sands Are Alive With Sunshine , William Ernest Henley
  16. 16. Bring Me Sunshine! (For My Old Pal Al) , Dónall Dempsey
  17. 17. Sunshine And Shadow , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  18. 18. Sometimes Sunshine Streams Through The W.. , Chris G. Vaillancourt
  19. 19. The Sunshine , Mary Botham Howitt
  20. 20. Sunshine And Dust Motes , Lonnie Hicks
  21. 21. From “the Sunshine Of The Gods” , James Bayard Taylor
  22. 22. A Bucket Of Sunshine , Seema Chowdhury
  23. 23. I Can'T Feel The Sunshine , Lesbia Harford
  24. 24. Ain'T No Sunshine When You'Re Gone... , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  25. 25. Open Sunshine , Seema Chowdhury
  26. 26. Sunshine State , AM Juster
  27. 27. *my ''Pocketful Of Sunshine'' , iron panda 23
  28. 28. My Sunshine......(To My Daughter) , Arti Chopra
  29. 29. Dies Dominica! The Sunshine Burns , Christopher John Brennan
  30. 30. The Day Of Sunshine , Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
  31. 31. A Little Bit Of Sunshine , Juan Olivarez
  32. 32. Sunshine , Robert William Service
  33. 33. Sunshine In London , Salmaan Sheriff
  34. 34. A Little Sunshine , David Harris
  35. 35. White Sunshine , Lesbia Harford
  36. 36. The Sunshine In The Rain , David Harris
  37. 37. A Day Without Sunshine , Audrey Heller
  38. 38. Sunshine(For Frieda Rose) , Dónall Dempsey
  39. 39. What Happen To The Sunshine? , David Harris
  40. 40. Sunshine Of Your Smile , David Harris
  41. 41. You Are My Sunshine , Kevin Eaglesfield
  42. 42. Sunshine Faces , David Harris
  43. 43. Let The Sunshine In , David Harris
  44. 44. A Beautiful Evening Of Sunshine And Breeze , Francis Duggan
  45. 45. Spring Sunshine , Ellen Ni Bheachain
  46. 46. A Sunshine After The Rain (4 Stanzas) , Alexander Foald
  47. 47. Sunshine Always Comes With Darkness , Silent Speaker
  48. 48. Sunshine , The Poet Keri
  49. 49. You'Re My Sunshine , Edwina Reizer
  50. 50. Sunshine , Manisha Sharma
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