Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A LESSER ODE, by HENRI FRANCOIS JOSEPH DE REGNIER



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First Line: A little reed has been enough
Last Line: Have made the very forest sing.
Subject(s): Forests; Love; Reeds; Singing & Singers; Woods


A LITTLE reed has been enough
To make the high grass shake and thrill,
The willows tall,
The meadow wide,
The brooklet and the song thereof;
A little reed has been enough
To make the forest musical.

The passers-by have heard the song
In the deep evening, in their thoughts
Whether in silence or in storm,
Or faint or strong,
Or near or far. . . .
The passers-by in their own thoughts
Hearing it, in their deepest souls
Will hear it now forevermore --
A singing reed.

It was enough --
This little reed once gathered of
Reeds by the fountain where one day
Love came to stay
And see his grave
Face sorrowing --
To make the passing people cry
And grass and water tremble so;
And I who on this reed could blow
Have made the very forest sing.





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