How Beautiful Is the Rain

By Henry W. Longfellow

RAIN IN SUMMER

How beautiful is the rain!
After the dust and heat,
In the broad and fiery street,
In the narrow lane,
How beautiful is the rain!

How it clatters along the roofs,
Like the tramp of hoofs!
How it gushes and struggles out
From the throat of the overflowing spout!

Across the window pane
It pours and pours;
And swift and wide,
With a muddy tide,
Like a river down the gutter roars
The rain, the welcome rain!
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In the country, on every side,
Where far and wide,
Like a leopard’s tawny and spotted hide,
Stretches the plain,
To the dry grass and the drier grain
How welcome is the rain!

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One Comment

  1. Posted October 26, 2008 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Henry Longfellow was a delightful poet. He understood the beauty of nature. We can seldom see the beauty of the muddy water. So much like our life, it can be seen that in the muddy water we can find the refining of a beautiful character that produces a promise of a new tomorrow with the colors of the rainbow.

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