Henry David Thoreau

Concord, Massachusetts
Henry David Thoreau
Concord, Massachusetts

Conscience

Rating: 3.2
Conscience is instinct bred in the house,
Feeling and Thinking propagate the sin
By an unnatural breeding in and in.
I say, Turn it out doors,
Into the moors.
I love a life whose plot is simple,
And does not thicken with every pimple,
A soul so sound no sickly conscience binds it,
That makes the universe no worse than 't finds it.
I love an earnest soul,
Whose mighty joy and sorrow
Are not drowned in a bowl,
And brought to life to-morrow;
That lives one tragedy,
And not seventy;
A conscience worth keeping;
Laughing not weeping;
A conscience wise and steady,
And forever ready;
Not changing with events,
Dealing in compliments;
A conscience exercised about
Large things, where one may doubt.
I love a soul not all of wood,
Predestinated to be good,
But true to the backbone
Unto itself alone,
And false to none;
Born to its own affairs,
Its own joys and own cares;
By whom the work which God begun
Is finished, and not undone;
Taken up where he left off,
Whether to worship or to scoff;
If not good, why then evil,
If not good god, good devil.
Goodness! you hypocrite, come out of that,
Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.
I have no patience towards
Such conscientious cowards.
Give me simple laboring folk,
Who love their work,
Whose virtue is song
To cheer God along.
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COMMENTS
Michael Walker 03 March 2020
I agree with his comment, 'Give me simple laboring folk, 'Who love their work'.
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Madhabi Banerjee 09 November 2016
good writing.conscience that balanceth both joy and sorrow
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Aftab Alam Khursheed 21 November 2014
High quality philosophical poem with - Conscience is instinct bred in the house, Feeling and Thinking propagate the sin as we grow we grow with sin we think about right and wrong..evergreen poem ever read and attaractive
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Marieta Maglas 21 November 2014
Conscience needs awareness..... ''Feeling and Thinking propagate the sin By an unnatural breeding in and in.'''-beautiful lines
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Gangadharan Nair Pulingat 21 November 2014
Got an opportunity to read such a great poem is a lucky I think always. It is a poem about the life.
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Aftab Alam Khursheed 21 November 2014
A poet of my dream-Henry David Thoreau - ended here beautifully- Henry David Thoreau
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Aftab Alam Khursheed 21 November 2014
A poet of my dream-Henry David Thoreau - ended here beautifully- Henry David Thoreau
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Aftab Alam Khursheed 21 November 2014
A poet of my dream-Henry David Thoreau - ended here beautifully- Henry David Thoreau
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Barbara Stump 22 November 2013
BRAVO... the poetess/Barbara thank you sir Barbara.
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Helen Murray 21 November 2013
Love its depth of wisdom.
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