Thursday, June 7, 2012

'Leisure' by William Henry Davies (Episode 1)

William Henry Davies or W. H. Davies
  1. William Henry Davies or W. H. Davies (3 July 1871 – 26 September 1940) was a poet and writer.
  2. He travelled from place to place as a vagrant, traditionally walking all year round in the  United Kingdom and United States
  3. The principal themes in his work are the marvels of nature, observations about life's hardships, his own tramping adventures and the various characters he met.
  4.  He became known as one of the most popular poets of his time.
  5. William Henry Davies wrote Leisure, appearing originally in his Songs Of Joy and Others, published in 1911 by A. C. Fifield and then in Davies' first anthology Collected Poems, also published by Fifield in 1916.
  6. The poem is written as a set of seven rhyming couplets.
Leisure by William Henry Davies






What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.


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