April 21, 2010

FreeVerse: Children by Longfellow

This weekly event is hosted by Cara from Ooh...Books!.

This is a poem entitled Children and is by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poem speaks to me about the innocence and importance of children, and how they should be appreciated for what they give to us, to the world.

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.


  1. Hi Rebecca,
    Although I'm not fond of Poetry, this one is really nice. Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great day!

    Just Books

  2. A poem full of truth and beauty. I feel this way about children.

  3. Ah ... I love this. So loverly and beautiful!

  4. What a gorge poem. And quite sad and lingering towards the end, too.

  5. As a mother, I can identify with this one! This poem might be seen as making children seem like perfect angels, but I see it as how important they are in our lives. Thanks for sharing!


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