Lewis Carroll




Solitude

I love the stillness of the wood: 
   I love the music of the rill:
I love to couch in pensive mood
   Upon some silent hill. 

Scarce heard, beneath yon arching trees,  
   The silver-crested ripples pass; 
And, like a mimic brook, the breeze
   Whispers among the grass.

Here from the world I win release, 
   Nor scorn of men, nor footstep rude, 
Break in to mar the holy peace 
   Of this great solitude. 

Here may the silent tears I weep 
   Lull the vexed spirit into rest, 
As infants sob themselves to sleep 
   Upon a mother's breast. 

But when the bitter hour is gone, 
   And the keen throbbing pangs are still, 
Oh, sweetest then to couch alone 
   Upon some silent hill! 

To live in joys that once have been, 
   To put the cold world out of sight, 
And deck life's drear and barren scene 
   With hues of rainbow-light. 

For what to man the gift of breath, 
   If sorrow be his lot below; 
If all the day that ends in death 
   Be dark with clouds of woe? 

Shall the poor transport of an hour 
   Repay long years of sore distress- 
The fragrance of a lonely flower 
   Make glad the wilderness? 

Ye golden hours of Life's young spring, 
   Of innocence, of love and truth! 
Bright, beyond all imagining, 
   Thou fairy-dream of youth! 

I'd give all wealth that years have piled, 
   The slow result of Life's decay, 
To be once more a little child 
   For one bright summer-day.


spoken = Jean Wilcox