Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, POETICAL HAPPINESS, by AGNES STRICKLAND



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POETICAL HAPPINESS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: There is a fountain, to whose flowery side
Last Line: Through the wide wilderness with empty urns!
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


There is a fountain, to whose flowery side
By diverse ways the children of the earth
Turn day and night athirst, to measure forth
Its sweet pure waters -- health, and wealth, and pride,
Power clad in arms, and wisdom Argus-eyed.
But one apart from all is seen to stand,
And take up in the hollow of his hand
What to their golden vessels is denied;
Baffling their utmost reach. He, born and nursed
In the glad sound and freshness of that place,
Drinks momently its dews, and feels no thirst:
While from his bowered grot, or sunny space,
He sorrows for that troop, as it returns
Through the wide wilderness with empty urns!





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