To a Marsh Hawk in Spring

By Henry David Thoreau 1817–1862 Henry David Thoreau
There is health in thy gray wing,
Health of nature’s furnishing.
Say, thou modern-winged antique,
Was thy mistress ever sick?
In each heaving of thy wing
Thou dost health and leisure bring,
Thou dost waive disease and pain
And resume new life again.


Source: Poets of the English Language (Viking Press, 1950)

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Poet Henry David Thoreau 1817–1862

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Nature, Health & Illness, Living, Animals

 Henry  David Thoreau

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Though not a professional philosopher, Henry David Thoreau is recognized as an important contributor to the American literary and philosophical movement known as New England Transcendentalism. His essays, books, and poems weave together two central themes over the course of his intellectual career: nature and the conduct of life. The continuing importance of these two themes is well illustrated by the fact that the last two . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Health & Illness, Living, Animals

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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