William Brighty Rands

(1823 - 1882 / England)

Great, Wide, Beautiful, Wonderful World


Great, wide, beautiful, wonderful World,
With the wonderful water round you curled,
And the wonderful grass upon your breast--
World, you are beautifully drest.

The wonderful air is over me,
And the wonderful wind is shaking the tree,
It walks on the water, and whirls the mills,
And talks to itself on the tops of the hills.

You friendly Earth! how far do you go,
With the wheat-fields that nod and the rivers that flow,
With cities and gardens, and cliffs, and isles,
And people upon you for thousands of miles?

Ah, you are so great, and I am so small,
I tremble to think of you, World, at all;
And yet, when I said my prayers to-day,
A whisper inside me seemed to say,
"You are more than the Earth, though you are such a dot:
You can love and think, and the Earth cannot!"

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Veteran Poet - 4,555 Points * Sunprincess * (5/30/2014 6:49:00 PM)

    ...........this is my favourite stanza.....truly enjoyed...
    ~Ah, you are so great, and I am so small,
    I tremble to think of you, World, at all;
    And yet, when I said my prayers to-day,
    A whisper inside me seemed to say,
    You are more than the Earth, though you are such a dot:
    You can love and think, and the Earth cannot! ~ (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,555 Points Mechelle Suitt (6/9/2013 4:13:00 PM)

    My grandmother was born in 1914 and she recited this poem on stage in the 3rd grade. She taught it to me in 1966 because it was her favorite poem. I've taught it to my son's (now grown) and today I found that very same 'Third grade Reader' (my grandmother's) and read the poem to my step-daughter. After reading the poem to the 9 year old - she finally realized that God loves her and the message of Jesus. The understanding from the poem awoke her like a beacon of light and she got it - we are more important than the world though we are such a dot - we can love and think, and the Earth cannot! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,555 Points Aditi Raut (7/20/2012 6:26:00 PM)

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  • Veteran Poet - 4,555 Points Kendra Lloyd (2/11/2008 4:16:00 PM)

    i work in a nursing home and i work with a lot of alhiemerz patients...one of my favorite patients recited this to me one nite before putting her to bed and she said it so beautifully. She cant remember my name from day to day but she can remember a poem she learned in the 5th grade. (Report) Reply

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