Happiness (Lowell)

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Happiness (Lowell)
by James Russell Lowell
Featured in Vol 1., No.6 of The Atlantic Monthly.

Happiness

  Wing-Footed! thou abid'st with him
  That asks it not: but he who hath
  Watched o'er the waves thy fading path
  Will never more on ocean's rim,
  At morn or eve, behold returning
  Thy high-heaped canvas shoreward yearning:
  Thou only teachest us the core
  And inmost meaning of No More,
  Thou, who first showest us thy face
  Turned o'er the shoulder's parting grace,
  And whose sad footprints we can trace
  Away from every mortal door!

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