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The Sky is low — the Clouds are mean.

A Travelling Flake of Snow

Across a Barn or through a Rut

Debates if it will go —


A Narrow Wind complains all Day

How some one treated him

Nature, like Us, is sometimes caught

Without her Diadem.


‘O DREARY life,’ we cry, ‘O dreary life!’ 

And still the generations of the birds 

Sing through our sighing, and the flocks and herds 

Serenely live while we are keeping strife 

With Heaven"s true purpose in us, as a knife 

Against which we may struggle! ocean girds 

Unslackened the dry land, savannah-swards 

Unweary sweep,—hills watch, unworn; and rife 

Meek leaves drop yearly from the forest-trees, 

To show above the unwasted stars that pass 

In their old glory. O thou God of old, 

Grant me some smaller grace than comes to these!— 

But so much patience as a blade of grass 

Grows by, contented through the heat and cold.


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Fragment: Rome and Nature
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Rome has fallen, ye see it lying

Heaped in undistinguished ruin:

Nature is alone undying.

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Hushed is the buzz of the noisy world
Gecg-tower.come Gissing

Hushed is the buzz of the noisy world, 

Gently each bird to its home is flitting, 

The flags o"er the sun"s bright path are furled, 

Soon will each flower with the dew be pearled 

As asleep it lies unwitting. 


Spell-bound is the ever-whispering air, 

For, gazing aloft where the stars are peeping 

In this holy silence everywhere 

Tired Nature speaks in a fervent prayer 

To Him who protects her sleeping.


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