Monday 6 April 2020

Poetry Revisited: Song by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


(from Kéramos and Other Poems: 1878)

Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are happiest,
For those that wander they know not where
Are full of trouble and full of care;
                    To stay at home is best.

Weary and homesick and distressed,
They wander east, they wander west,
And are baffled and beaten and blown about
By the winds of the wilderness of doubt;
                    To stay at home is best.

Then stay at home, my heart, and rest;
The bird is safest in its nest;
O’er all that flutter their wings and fly
A hawk is hovering in the sky;
                    To stay at home is best.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
American poet and educator


  1. Your last two poems were so perfect for the way we must live now. Thank you!

    1. That was just why I picked them. I'm happy to find that you liked my choice... and maybe the poems even were a bit of consolation in difficult times.


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