Inspiring Poem about a Bird

This poem really fits my mood today! It’s from America’s Favorite Poems and it’s by British poet Thomas Hardy:

The Darkling Thrush (last 2 stanzas – a thrush is a little songbird)

“At once a voice arose among

the bleak twigs overhead

in a full-hearted evensong

of joy illimited;

an aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,

in blast-beruffled plume,

had chosen thus to fling his soul

upon the growing gloom.


So little cause for carolings

of such ecstatic sound

was written on terrestrial things

afar or nigh around,

that I could think there trembled through

his happy good-night air

some blessed Hope, whereof he knew

and I was unaware.


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