W. H. Davies Quotes | Quotes by W. H. Davies
1What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare.
2What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows. No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass. No time to see, in broad daylight, Streams full of stars, like skies at night. No time to turn at Beauty's glance, And watch her feet, how they can dance. No time to wait till her mouth can Enrich that smile her eyes began. A poor life this if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare.
3No matter where the body is, the mind is free to go elsewhere.
4As long as I love Beauty I am young.
5Teetotallers lack the sympathy and generosity of men that drink.
6I cannot see the short, white curls Upon the forehead of an Ox, But what I see them dripping with That poor thing's blood, and hear the ax; When I see calves and lambs, I see Them led to death; I see no bird Or rabbit cross the open field But what a sudden shot is heard; A shout that tells me men aim true, For death or wound, doth chill me through.
7But cats to me are strange, so strange I cannot sleep if one is near.
8I turned my head and saw the wind, Not far from where I stood, Dragging the corn by her golden hair, Into a dark and lonely wood.
9Peace to these little broken leaves, That strew our common ground; That chase their tails, like silly dogs, As they go round and round. For though in winter boughs are bare, Let us not once forget Their summer glory, when these leaves Caught the great Sun in their strong net; And made him, in the lower air, Tremble - no bigger than a star!
10And hear the pleasant cockoo, loud and long - The simple bird that thinks two notes a song.
11When on a summer's morn I wake, And open my two eyes, Out to the clear, born-singing rills My bird-like spirit flies. To hear the Blackbird, Cuckoo, Thrush, Or any bird in song; And common leaves that hum all day Without a throat or tongue. And when Time strikes the hour for sleep, Back in my room alone, My heart has many a sweet bird's song - And one that's all my own.
12I love thee for a heart that鈥檚 kind--not for the knowledge in thy mind.
13It was the rainbow gave thee birth, and left thee all her lovely hues.
14When I had money, money, O! I knew no joy till I went poor; For many a false man as a friend Came knocking all day at my door.
15Now shall I walk or shall I ride? 'Ride,' Pleasure said; 'Walk,' Joy replied.
16What sweet, what happy days had I,When dreams made Time Eternity!
17Pleasure's a Moth, that sleeps by day And dances by false glare at night; But Joy's a Butterfly, that loves To spread its wings in Nature's light.
18Yes, I will spend the livelong day With Nature in this month of May; And sit beneath the trees, and share My bread with birds whose homes are there; While cows lie down to eat, and sheep Stand to their necks in grass so deep; While birds do sing with all their might, As though they felt the earth in flight.
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