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First Line: The winds have talked with him confidingly
Last Line: Of nature's voice he sings -- and will alway.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth (1807-1882); Nature; Poetry & Poets; Singing & Singers; Wind; Songs

THE winds have talked with him confidingly;
The trees have whispered to him; and the night
Hath held him gently as a mother might,
And taught him all sad tones of melody;
The mountains have bowed to him; and the sea,
In clamorous waves, and murmurs exquisite,
Hath told him all her sorrow and delight, --
Her legends fair, -- her darkest mystery.
His verse blooms like a flower, night and day;
Bees cluster round his rhymes; and twitterings
Of lark and swallow, in an endless May,
Are mingling with the tender songs he sings.
Nor shall he cease to sing -- in every lay
Of Nature's voice he sings -- and will alway.

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