Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau was an avid and loyal follower of Transcendentalism, which is reflected in his writing and poetry. He spent 2 years at Walden Pond to become closer to nature and to "dig out the marrow of life". He was a passionate poet and wrote about the transcendental views which motivated him.
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Great God, I Ask Thee for No Meaner Pelf
Great God, I ask for no meaner pelf
Than that I may not disappoint myself,
That in my action I may soar as high
As I can now discern with this clear eye.
And next in value, which thy kindness lends,
That I may greatly disappoint my friends,
Howe'er they think or hope that it may be,
They may not dream how thou'st distinguished me.
That my weak hand may equal my firm faith
And my life practice what my tongue saith
That my low conduct may not show
Nor my relenting lines
That I thy purpose did not know
Or overrated thy designs.
Other Sites About Thoreau:
A short but informative biography
A sampling of Henry David Thoreau's work
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