A boy’s will is the wind’s will, And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.

 

 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   ‘My LostYouth’, in Putnam’s Monthly Magazine, vol.6,  Aug. Collected in The Courtship of Miles Standish and Other Poems, 1858. In his diary Longfellow notes that these lines are from an ‘old Lapland song’.

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But an old age serene and bright, and lovely as a Lapland night,
shall lead thee to thy grave.

– William Wordsworth

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Linnaeus in Lapland

BY LORINE NIEDECKER

Nothing worth noting
except an Andromeda
with quadrangular shoots—
            the boots
of the people
wet inside: they must swim
to church thru the floods
or be taxed—the blossoms
            from the bosoms
of the leaves
Fog-thick morning—
I see only
where I now walk. I carry
            my clarity
with me.
Hear
where her snow-grave is
the You

            ah you
of mourning doves
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The Darling Downs Gazette and General Advertiser (Toowoomba, Qld. : 1858 – 1880), Monday 3 May 1880
1 1 1 1 1 1 The Darling Downs Gazette and General Advertiser (Toowoomba, Qld. - 1858 - 1880), Monday 3 May 1880

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