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A Nathaniel Hawthorne snapshot

Trademarks of The Scarlet Letter carried over into his poetry

  • Earthly Pomp
  • Oh, earthly pomp is but a dream,
  • And like a meteor’s short-lived gleam;
  • And all the sons of glory soon
  • Will rest beneath the mould’ring stone.
  • And Genius is a star whose light
  • Is soon to sink in endless night,
  • And heavenly beauty’s angel form
  • Will bend like flower in winter’s storm.
  • My Low and Humble Home
  • I left my low and humble home,
  • Far from my Father’s fields to roam.
  • My peaceful cot no more had charms,
  • My only joy was War’s alarms.
  • I panted for the field of fight,
  • I gaz’d upon the deathless light,
  • Which o’er the Hero’s grave is shed,
  • The glorious memory of the dead.
  • Ambition show’d a distant star,
  • That shed its radiance bright and far,
  • And pointed to a path which led
  • O’er heaps of dying and of dead;
  • Onward I press’d with eager feet,
  • And War’s dread thunder still would greet
  • My reckless ears. Where’er I trod,
  • I saw the green and verdant sod,
  • Turn red with blood of slaughter’d foes,
  • And Fury veil’d in smoke arose.
  • I gain’d the envied height; and there,
  • I sigh’d for that lone cottage, where
  • The early hours of life flew by,
  • On wings of youthful ecstasy.
  • Too late I found that Glory’s ray,
  • Could never bring one happy day.
  • Address to the Moon
  • How sweet the silver Moon’s pale ray,
  • Falls trembling on the distant bay,
  • O’er which the breezes sigh no more,
  • Nor billows lash the sounding shore.
  • Say, do the eyes of those I love,
  • Behold thee as thou soar’st above,
  • Lonely, majestic and serene,
  • The calm and placid evening’s Queen?
  • Say, if upon thy peaceful breast,
  • Departed spirits find their rest,
  • For who would wish a fairer home,
  • Than in that bright, refulgent dome?
  • The Ocean
  • The ocean has its silent caves,
  • Deep, quiet and alone;
  • Though there be fury on the waves,
  • Beneath them there is none.
  • The awful spirits of the deep
  • Hold their communion there;
  • And there are those for whom we weep,
  • The young, the bright, the fair.
  • Calmly the wearied seamen rest
  • Beneath their own blue sea.
  • The ocean solitudes are blest,
  • For there is purity.
  • The earth has guilt, the earth has care,
  • Unquiet are its graves;
  • But peaceful sleep is ever there,
  • Beneath the dark blue waves.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was an American writer better known for his fiction than his poetry. Yet his interest in history, morality and religion, which became trademarks of his fiction – including his most famous work, The Scarlet Letter (1850), also carried over into his poetic output. Although the extant poems number less than a dozen, they offer a snapshot into the same concerns that defined Hawthorne as a major American writer – an influence for Henry James and William Faulkner, among others.

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A Vast Similitude
  • Earthly Pomp
  • Oh, earthly pomp is but a dream,
  • And like a meteor’s short-lived gleam;
  • And all the sons of glory soon
  • Will rest beneath the mould’ring stone.
  • And Genius is a star whose light
  • Is soon to sink in endless night,
  • And heavenly beauty’s angel form
  • Will bend like flower in winter’s storm.
  • My Low and Humble Home
  • I left my low and humble home,
  • Far from my Father’s fields to roam.
  • My peaceful cot no more had charms,
  • My only joy was War’s alarms.
  • I panted for the field of fight,
  • I gaz’d upon the deathless light,
  • Which o’er the Hero’s grave is shed,
  • The glorious memory of the dead.
  • Ambition show’d a distant star,
  • That shed its radiance bright and far,
  • And pointed to a path which led
  • O’er heaps of dying and of dead;
  • Onward I press’d with eager feet,
  • And War’s dread thunder still would greet
  • My reckless ears. Where’er I trod,
  • I saw the green and verdant sod,
  • Turn red with blood of slaughter’d foes,
  • And Fury veil’d in smoke arose.
  • I gain’d the envied height; and there,
  • I sigh’d for that lone cottage, where
  • The early hours of life flew by,
  • On wings of youthful ecstasy.
  • Too late I found that Glory’s ray,
  • Could never bring one happy day.
  • Address to the Moon
  • How sweet the silver Moon’s pale ray,
  • Falls trembling on the distant bay,
  • O’er which the breezes sigh no more,
  • Nor billows lash the sounding shore.
  • Say, do the eyes of those I love,
  • Behold thee as thou soar’st above,
  • Lonely, majestic and serene,
  • The calm and placid evening’s Queen?
  • Say, if upon thy peaceful breast,
  • Departed spirits find their rest,
  • For who would wish a fairer home,
  • Than in that bright, refulgent dome?
  • The Ocean
  • The ocean has its silent caves,
  • Deep, quiet and alone;
  • Though there be fury on the waves,
  • Beneath them there is none.
  • The awful spirits of the deep
  • Hold their communion there;
  • And there are those for whom we weep,
  • The young, the bright, the fair.
  • Calmly the wearied seamen rest
  • Beneath their own blue sea.
  • The ocean solitudes are blest,
  • For there is purity.
  • The earth has guilt, the earth has care,
  • Unquiet are its graves;
  • But peaceful sleep is ever there,
  • Beneath the dark blue waves.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was an American writer better known for his fiction than his poetry. Yet his interest in history, morality and religion, which became trademarks of his fiction – including his most famous work, The Scarlet Letter (1850), also carried over into his poetic output. Although the extant poems number less than a dozen, they offer a snapshot into the same concerns that defined Hawthorne as a major American writer – an influence for Henry James and William Faulkner, among others.

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