Friday, January 23, 2009

The Day is Done


The day is done, and the darkness falls from the wings of Night,
As a feather is wafted downward from an eagle in his flight.
I see the lights of the village gleam through the rain and the mist,
And a feeling of sadness comes o'er me that my soul cannot resist:
A feeling of sadness and longing, that is not akin to pain,
And resembles sorrow only as the mist resembles the rain.
Come, read to me some poem, some simple and heartfelt lay,
That shall soothe this restless feeling, and banish the thoughts of day.
Not from the grand old masters, not from the bards sublime,
Whose distant footsteps echo through the corridors of Time.
For, like strains of martial music, their mighty thoughts suggest
Life's endless toil and endeavor; and to-night I long for rest.
Read from some humbler poet, whose songs gushed from his heart,
As showers from the clouds of summer, or tears from the eyelids start;
Who, through long days of labor, and nights devoid of ease,
Still heard in his soul the music of wonderful melodies.
Such songs have power to quiet the restless pulse of care,
And come like the benediction that follows after prayer.
Then read from the treasured volume the poem of thy choice,
And lend to the rhyme of the poet the beauty of thy voice.
And the night shall be filled with music and the cares, that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs, and as silently steal away.

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

5 comments:

Julie said...

Isn't this fog something? I told spence it is like "Lurking Murderer" Fog. CREAPY

Blog Buddy said...

Love this post and picture-cool!!

Briony said...

That pic is awesome! Did you take it?

Jenny in Utah said...

Everything was so beautiful last night - guess I love the fog - I ran outside my front door and snapped this photo - thanks for the nice comments. :)

Tabitha Blue said...

Wow, beautiful poem and photo!! Love the eery look to it!