Henry David Thoreau

Concord, Massachusetts
Henry David Thoreau
Concord, Massachusetts
Friday, January 3, 2003

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Rating: 3.3
Whate'er we leave to God, God does,
And blesses us;
The work we choose should be our own,
God leaves alone.


Faker 26 November 2020
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Ratnakar Mandlik 07 May 2017
Fame cannot tempt the bard Who is famous with his God. Nor laurel him reward who has his master's nod. Great and superb, imagery as also the faith in Him and His majesty.
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Kuda Bondamakara 07 May 2017
a poem that inspres us
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An inspiring poem! Love and faith is the most fundamental aspect of spirituality. To recognise God's love and bask in the glory of His love is truly divine. Enjoyed reading Thoreau's great poem on Inspiration. To quote: I will not doubt the love untold Which not my worth nor want has bought, Which wooed me young, and woos me old, And to this evening hath me brought.
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Glen Kappy 07 May 2017
i didn't know this poem before and am glad to be introduced to it. and though i'm a fan of brevity, i read it through. (and noticed in the fifth stanza from the bottom it looks like the word should be though not thought.) i'm glad to see thoreau's recognition that all good and perfect gifts (in this case, inspired words) come from above, the Father of lights... similar in respects thematically to this poem are my by or through and e.e. cummings sonnet that begins i thank you God for most this amazing day. whether we recognize it or not, and whether we call it the muse or another name, God is the source of the best that comes through us, yes? -gk
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Tony Hoss 07 May 2017
the words just flow amazing...
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Edward Kofi Louis 07 May 2017
Its presuming face! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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I see beyond the reach of sight.... thanks for posting.....
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Clarence Prince 07 July 2016
I will not doubt for evermore Nor falter from a steadfast faith Well said, Henry, stand firm!
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Rajnish Manga 27 December 2014
One of my favorite classical poets since my childhood. It is always a great pleasure to read poems. This is extra-ordinary one, full of righteousness.
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Surrendering to the god and the god given capability is a good example of total surrender to the allmighty and the poet selected the theme in its correct spirit and very good to recite and study and also understand in positive way.
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* Sunprincess * 27 December 2013
...........a very inspiring poem...great lines... ~Be but thy inspiration given, No matter through what danger sought, I'll fathom hell or climb to heaven, And yet esteem that cheap which love has bought. ~
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Barbara Stump 23 November 2013
Beauty shines from deep within, from the depth of the heart's soul, where it began. bravo the poetess/Barbara
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Dr John Celes 27 December 2012
Inspiration is the primal key to writing good, better and the best poems by most poets!
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Thando Mashinini 27 December 2011
Marvellous, and in tune with concrete structure. SUPAMAGONDOFIAS!
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Kevin Straw 27 December 2010
Thoreau seems to be contrasting the muse that is God, with 'those old nine which rhymers invocate' - he is saying that where God is the inspiration then the line is unalterable, all else is second best. Herman Chiu is right - Thoreau goes deep into the heart and soul of the interaction of Muse with be-Mused! Whether Thoreau is right to say the Muse is God is another matter, but the poem is deeply stirring in the way it shows so clearly such profound insight.
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M Asim Nehal 07 December 2016
yes a very insightful comment indeed.
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Herman Chiu 27 December 2009
It is a rare and wonderful thing that someone will write so accurately about the way humans interact with our maker, or from a non-believer's perspective, the world. I am honored and delighted to have read this.
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Ramesh T A 27 December 2009
Without interest even we are earnestly working on a thing it will not be so lively and real in stuff! But inspiration makes all wonderful in things we do as wonderful as things happening in Nature; it's all God's will! Nature is unique and inspiring to poets with great zeal that can be seen in poems oozing out wonderful numbers!
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Amy Douglass (Fifita) 27 December 2008
Awesome read. I like it even though it a bit different to the stuff i normally read.
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Rita Hawkins 27 December 2008
ignore people like herbert, good job.
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