Thursday, October 9, 2008

Home Sweet Home

Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are happiest,
For those that wander they know not where
Are full of trouble and full of care;
To stay at home is best.
Weary and homesick and distressed,
They wander east, they wander west,
And are baffled and beaten and blown about
By the winds of the wilderness of doubt;
To stay at home is best.
Then stay at home, my heart, and rest;
The bird is safest in its nest;
O'er all that flutter their wings and fly
A hawk is hovering in the sky;
To stay at home is best.

H.W. Longfellow

3 comments:

Celestial Charms said...
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Celestial Charms said...

Thanks for sharing that poem. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is one of my favorite poets. He always spoke from deep within his heart. When I was in 9th grade, I was assigned to recite a poem and pick a piece of music as a background. I chose to recite Longfellow's "A Tide Rises, A Tide Falls." The musical background I decided on was the theme from "Jaws." Here is the poem:

The tide rises, the tide falls,
The twilight darkens, the curlew calls;
Along the sea-sands damp and brown
The traveler hastens toward the town,
And the tide rises, the tide falls.
Darkness settles on roofs and walls,
But the sea, the sea in darkness calls;
The little waves, with their soft, white hands
Efface the footprints in the sands,
And the tide rises, the tide falls.
The morning breaks; the steeds in their stalls
Stamp and neigh, as the hostler calls;
The day returns, but nevermore
Returns the traveler to the shore.
And the tide rises, the tide falls.

Alisa said...

Lovely. Thank you for sharing Jenn.
And Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!