Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Gold of Many Thoughts

Knowledge
by Archibald Lampman


What is more large than knowledge and more sweet;
Knowledge of thoughts and deeds, of rights and wrongs,
Of passions and of beauties and of songs;
Knowledge of life; to feel its great heart beat
Through all the soul upon her crystal seat;
To see, to feel, and evermore to know;
To till the old world's wisdom till it grow
A garden for the wandering of our feet.

Oh for a life of leisure and broad hours,
To think and dream, to put away small things,
This world's perpetual leaguer of dull naughts;
To wander like the bee among the flowers
Till old age find us weary, feet and wings
Grown heavy with the gold of many thoughts.

Lampman is often known as the Canadian Keats, and is arguably the greatest Canadian poet. He deserves to be better known. The above poem is not his most striking, by any means, but I like the pollen imagery.

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