Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE FOUNTAIN, by JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL



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First Line: Into the sunshine, full of the light
Last Line: Fresh, changeful, constant, upward, like thee!
Subject(s): Fountains


Into the sunshine, full of light,
Leaping and flashing from morn till night;
Into the moonlight, whiter than snow,
Waving so flower-like when the winds blow.
Into the starlight, rushing in spray,
Happy at midnight, happy by day;
Ever in motion, blithesome and cheery,
Still climbing heavenwards, never aweary.
Glad of all weathers, still seeming best,
Upward or downward motion thy rest;
Ceaseless aspiring, ceaseless content,
Darkness or sunshine thy element;
Full of nature nothing can tame,
Changed every moment, ever the same:
Glorious fountain! let my heart be
Fresh, changeful, constant, upward, like thee!





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