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Monday, November 7, 2011

A Day of Sunshine

Update on my weekly memorizing: I did it! I now have behind me Thanatopsis, Invictus, As A Man Thinketh opening.
This week I'll memorize Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's very happy poem: A Day of Sunshine. If this doesn't make you smile, I don't know what will. It goes like this:

O gift of God! O perfect day:
Whereon shall no man work, but play;
Whereon it is enough for me,
Not to be doing, but to be!

Through every fibre of my brain,
Through every nerve, through every vein,
I feel the electric thrill, the touch
Of life, that seems almost too much.

I hear the wind among the trees
Playing celestial symphonies;
I see the branches downward bent,
Like keys of some great instrument.

And over me unrolls on high
The splendid scenery of the sky,
Where though a sapphire sea the sun
Sails like a golden galleon,

Towards yonder cloud-land in the West,
Towards yonder Islands of the Blest,
Whose steep sierra far uplifts
Its craggy summits white with drifts.

Blow, winds! and waft through all the rooms
The snow-flakes of the cherry-blooms!
Blow, winds! and bend within my reach
The fiery blossoms of the peach!

O Life and Love! O happy throng
Of thoughts, whose only speech is song!
O heart of man! canst thou not be
Blithe as the air is, and as free?

Here's wishing you all a day of sunshine!


  1. Wishing you a happy sun shiny day too Denalee! Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece.

  2. well doesn't this just brighten the morning!

  3. How impressive you are! I can hardly remember things anymore, not sure if I could memorize works like this. VERY cool thing for you to do :)

  4. Towards yonder Islands of the Blest... THAT'S ME!

  5. Wishing you a beautiful sunshiny day, too!

  6. This is a happy poem! I love it.

  7. Wishing you a beautiful day filled with love blessings and

  8. Sigh.
    I've not read this through before and love its musicality.

    Happy day filled with blithe air and celestial symphonies.


  9. Very good at memorizing that and I think the next one is so pretty.

  10. I will archive this sunshine for tomorrow.

    Today was really cloudy.


  11. And here's wishing you a lifetime of sunshine my friend! How are you? Fine I hope. What a great poem to share. Thank you, and also thank you for entering my give-away. I hope you utilize the other entries that you may do. Everything is linked, so it should be pretty easy & quick. Have a great day & a better week! hugzzzzzzz

  12. What a smart thing to do! I am sure this is good for the neurons and the synapses. Not to mention the pleasure from absorbing the poem.

  13. Oh very well done! I must admit since school I forget to exercise my memory but you are right it is a good idea!Hope your day was filled with sunshine too x

  14. Visiting you brings sunshine to my day, I hope you have a lovely week my friend sending you sweet thoughts, thank you so much for sharing this with us.

    Always Wendy