A finer race and finer fed

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"A finer race and finer fed"
by Henry David Thoreau
from A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers


     A finer race and finer fed
     Feast and revel o'er our head,
     And we titmen are only able
     To catch the fragments from their table.
     Theirs is the fragrance of the fruits,
     While we consume the pulp and roots.
     What are the moments that we stand
     Astonished on the Olympian land!


This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.