"EARTH'S CHILDREN CLEAVE TO EARTH"
by William Cullen Bryant
EARTH'S CHILDREN CLEAVE TO EARTH -
Earth's children cleave to Earth- her frail
Decaying children dread decay.
Yon wreath of mist that leaves the vale
And lessens in the morning ray-
Lookhowby mountain rivulet
It lingers as it upward creeps
And clings to fern and copsewood set
Along the green and dewy steeps:
Clings to the flowery kalmiaclings
To precipices fringed with grass
Dark maples where the wood-thrush sings
And bowers of fragrant sassafras.
Yet all in vain- it passes still
From hold to holdit cannot stay
And in the very beams that fill
The world with glorywastes away
TillParting from the mountain's brow
It vanishes from human eye
And that which sprung of earth is now
A portion of the glorious sky. - -