Saturday, November 6, 2010

Shall Earth No More Inspire Thee


Shall earth no more inspire thee,
Thou lonely dreamer now?
Since passion may not fire thee,
Shall nature cease to bow?

Thy mind is ever moving,
In regions dark to thee;
Recall its useless roving,
Come back, and dwell with me.

I know my mountain breezes
Enchant and soothe thee still,
I know my sunshine pleases,
Despite thy wayward will.

When day and evening blending,
Sinks from the summer sky,
I've seen the spirit bending
In fond idolatry.

I've watched thee every hour;
I know my mighty sway:
I know my magic power
To drive thy griefs away.

Few hearts to mortals given,
On earth so wildly pine;
Yet few would ask a heaven
More like this earth than thine.

Then let my winds caress thee
Thy comrade let me be:
Since nought beside can bless thee,
Return---and dwell with me.

Emily Brontë 1818 - 1848


Image: Still from Tess of the D'Urbervilles Masterpiece Classics- (Novel by Thomas Hardy)

16 comments:

Lee said...

There is nothing like nature to sooth the soul and comfort the mind.

Unless, of course, we are talking hurricanes, volcanoes, earthquakes and plagues of locusts. If that was the menu I would fall back on a good red wine.

dianne said...

So true dear Lee , yes nature in her moderate disposition is a thing of beauty and soothing to the soul ... though I do like a good thunder storm and light show if I am somewhere safe to observe it.

No, I am not speaking of or praising nature in her destructive extremes,for then she is a force that cannot be enjoyed.

A good red wine, what is on the menu, perhaps a Pinot Noir, Merlot,Rosé or Shiraz?
xoxoxo ♡

puerileuwaite said...

This reminds me of a college classroom which had a poster of Earth. The caption read: "Earth ... it's the only planet we've got". Underneath that, some vandal had written: "What happened to the other 8?"

dianne said...

Yes Pugsley my sweet, Earth is our planet and we must take better care of her, she seems to be the only planet which can support life as we know it.
It is such a beautiful place to live when you think of all we have here but if we aren't more careful and aware of the delicate balance of nature we shall destroy it all ...

xoxoxo ♡

Leovi said...

Beautiful, and very deep, to read for an entire afternoon.

foam said...

i truly love a good mountain breeze ....
as long as the trees don't topple ..

dianne said...

Yes Leovi dear, very beautiful, her words say so much.

Saludos. xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Yes dear Foamy I do as well, I love nature and all of her elements except when they are extreme and destructive, I have had a few trees topple here.

xoxoxo ♡

Photo Glyn said...

Just posted your post to Twitter Dianne, LOVE that poem, love Emily Bronte and LOVE wild, foreboding yet uplifting landscape, thank you :-) xx

dianne said...

Thanks dear Glyn , yes I love that poem, I love the poetry of Emily Brontë and her love of her wild landscape and how she describes it with such imagery.
Yes of course you love the beauty of the wild landscapes, you are at one with nature when you are out there exploring and photographing in all kinds of weather, amongst all of the elements, sometimes forboding but always uplifting.
xoxoxo ♡

Little Motivator said...

Thank you for sharing this poem Diana. Love it and feel inspired to goback to writing some more earthy poetry.xx

dianne said...

Thanks dear Carol I am pleased that you enjoyed the poem, it is lovely.
I look forward to reading more of your poetry as you certainly have the glorious landscape of Wales and surroundings to inspire you.

xoxoxo ♡

Helene said...

So beautiful and thoughtfully written Dianne!
I hope that you are enjoying your day and a wonderful warm breeze somewhere! =]

dianne said...

Thanks dear Helene , yes Emily Bronté's poem is beautful, you can feel how much she loves every aspect of the countryside that she calls her home.

No breezes here today, just very hot and humid. xoxo ♡

Craftsman of light said...

Tess- was a great movie played so well by Natasha....
Emily- a great poetess.
Hardy a great writer.

You allow me to peek into a time that was so different.
thanks
hugs
col

dianne said...

Yes dear col I too love to look back in time and get some experience of these people through poetry, literature and film, a time when all was so different.

Yes Natassja Kinski was wonderful in the Roman Polanski version of the film; have you seen the latest version with Tess played by actress Gemma Arterton?
What a tragic life for poor Tess, she only had small glimpses of happiness and they were always taken away.
Yes this is a beautiful poem by Emily Brontê and Thomas Hardy was a great writer of his time.

xoxoxoxo ♡