Mist – A Poem by Thoreau with a Recording

Here’s a pretty little poem by Thoreau.  After the poem I gave the meanings of some lesser-known words in the poem.

Mist
By Henry David Thoreau

MP3 Recording of Mist

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.

Fays: fairy or elf
Fenny: Boggy or marshy
Bittern: A type wading bird with a booming cry

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