Henry David Thoreau – Four Poems

May 6, 2015



Today marks the anniversary of the death of Henry David Thoreau…

In honor of the occasion, here are four of our favorite poems of his.


These poems are all found in the volume Excursions and Poems,
which is available as a FREE ebook in a variety of formats from Project Gutenberg!

The Moon
Henry David Thoreau

“Time wears her not; she doth his chariot guide;
       Mortality below her orb is placed.”
                                    – Sir Walter Raleigh.

The full-orbed moon with unchanged ray
Mounts up the eastern sky,
Not doomed to these short nights for aye,
But shining steadily.

She does not wane, but my fortune,
Which her rays do not bless;
My wayward path declineth soon,
But she shines not the less.

And if she faintly glimmers here,
And palèd is her light,
Yet alway in her proper sphere
She’s mistress of the night.

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