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Low-Anchored Cloud
by Henry David Thoreau

American essayist and poet. He is best known for Walden, or Life in the woods (1854). He also wrote A Week on the Concord and Merrimack River (1849) and poems and various essays including Civil Disobedience (1849). Thoreau is renowned for having lived the doctrines of Transcendentalism and as an advocate of civil liberties.


Low-Anchored Cloud
by Henry David Thoreau

Low-anchored cloud,
Newfoundland air,
Fountain-head and source of rivers,
Dew-cloth, dream-drapery,
And napkin spread by fays;
Drifting meadow of the air,
Where bloom the daisied banks and violets,
And in whose fenny labyrinth
The bittern booms and heron wades;
Spirit of lakes and seas and rivers,
Bear only perfumes and the scent
Of healing herbs to just men's fields!


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