Treasure Island

Charles Kingsley

(12 June 1819 – 23 January 1875 / Devon, England)

A Thought From The Rhine


I heard an Eagle crying all alone
Above the vineyards through the summer night,
Among the skeletons of robber towers:
Because the ancient eyrie of his race
Was trenched and walled by busy-handed men;
And all his forest-chace and woodland wild,
Wherefrom he fed his young with hare and roe,
Were trim with grapes which swelled from hour to hour,
And tossed their golden tendrils to the sun
For joy at their own riches:-So, I thought,
The great devourers of the earth shall sit,
Idle and impotent, they know not why,
Down-staring from their barren height of state
On nations grown too wise to slay and slave,
The puppets of the few; while peaceful lore
And fellow-help make glad the heart of earth,
With wonders which they fear and hate, as he,
The Eagle, hates the vineyard slopes below.


On the Rhine, 1851.

Submitted: Thursday, April 15, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A Thought From The Rhine by Charles Kingsley )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Rasta bhoole nahi thhe, ANJALI KAKATI
  2. Without Purpose Or Reason Affixed, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  3. The Baobab Tree, I Am Krakatoa
  4. Game of chance, Aftab Alam
  5. 'Tween Love and Hatred,, Aftab Alam
  6. Life alright, hasmukh amathalal
  7. A Child Is Like A Flowering Rose, Joseph T. Renaldi
  8. Only one...1, hasmukh amathalal
  9. Caring For A Lonely Heart, Joseph T. Renaldi
  10. Play Any Tune, Neela Nath

Poem of the Day

poet Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Ernest G Moll

 

Member Poem

[Hata Bildir]