Poems

I am here not to share my poetry, but the poetry of some of the best, or my favorite, poets!  Actually, I am only sharing two poems and one of them is by my personal favorite poet and writer Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the other is by John Greenleaf Whittier.  Without further ado, here are some poems!

The Moral Warfare

by J.G. Whittier

When Freedom, on her natal day,

Within her war-rocked cradle lay,

An iron race around her stood,

Baptized her infant brow in blood,

And, through the storm which round her swept,

Their constant ward and watching kept.

Then, where our quiet herds repose,

The roar of baleful battle rose,

And brethren of a common tongue,

To mortal strife as tigers sprung,

And every gift on Freedom’s shrine

Was man for beast, and blood for wine!

Our fathers to their graves have gone;

Their strife is past–their triumph won;

But sterner trials wait the race

Which rises in their honored place–

A moral warfare with the crime

And folly of an evil time.

So let it be.  In God’s own might

We gird us for the coming fight,

And, strong in Him whose cause is ours

In conflict with unholy powers,

We grasp the weapons He has given,–

The Light, and Truth, and Love of Heaven!

I’m not very good yet at explaining or understanding exactly what certain poems mean, but reading poetry is so much fun, and this particular poem was written so well and beautifully and I really liked it.  My sister got me an old Whittier’s Poems book for Christmas last year and I’ve been reading it; it’s good!

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The Children’s Hour

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Between the dark and the daylight,

When the night is beginning to lower,

Comes a pause in the day’s occupations,

That is known as the children’s hour.

I hear in the chamber above me

The patter of little feet,

The sound of a door that is opened,

And voices soft and sweet.

From my study I see in the lamplight,

Descending the broad hall stair,

Grave Alice, and laughing Allegra,

And Edith with golden hair.

A whisper, and then a silence:

Yet I know by their merry eyes

They are plotting and planning together

to take me by surprise.

A sudden rush from the stairway,

A sudden raid from the hall!

By three doors left unguarded

They enter my castle wall!

They climb up into my turret

O’re the arms and back of my chair;

If I try to escape, they surround me;

They seem to be everywhere.

They almost devour me with kisses,

Their arms about me entwine,

Till I think of Bishop Bingen

In his Mouse-Tower on the Rhine!

Do you think, O blue-eyed banditti,

Because you have scaled the wall,

Such an old mustache as I am

Is not a match for you all!

I have you fast in my fortress,

And will not let you depart,

But put you down into the dugeon

In the round-tower of my heart.

And there will I keep you forever,

Yes, forever and a day.

Till the walls shall crumble to ruin,

And moulder in dust away!

I also recommend looking up The Day is Done by H.W. Longfellow and any others by him!  He is one of my favorites and I enjoy his poetry so much.  (I’m going to share one more!  I lied!)

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Concord Hymn

by Ralph Waldo Emerson

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,

Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,

Here once the embattled farmers stood,

And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;

Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;

And Time in ruined bridge has swept

Down then dark stream that seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,

We set today a votive stone;

That memory may their deed redeem,

When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

Spirit, that made those heroes dare

To die, and leave their children free,

Bid Time and Nature gently spare

The shaft we raise to then and thee.

That one I just really enjoyed reading for some reason.  It’s written very well of course; it’s Ralph Waldo Emerson!  Usually after reading poems that I don’t really understand I will look them up and read what they were about or what other peoples analysis of them are.  Some poems don’t really have certain meanings, so you just have to kind of fill in the blanks that you don’t understand.

I enjoy, obviously, the older poets that aren’t living anymore; their work is just so good and I wish I could write like them!  I have been completely uninspired lately to do anything!  Even when it comes to my blog!  Don’t take it personally, Blog, but I don’t have any inspiration or ideas for posts or ideas for pictures to post or anything!  I wish there was something burning within me that was creative and inspiring to others as well as myself, but right now I am pretty much having everything block!  Writers block, artists block, etc etc etc…

Anyway.  I hope you enjoyed those poems, and if you didn’t understand them, like myself when I first read them, I hope you at least enjoyed reading them and maybe are “inspired” to look up what they mean. 🙂

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is JUST around the corner, or so it seems.  I’m not really ready for this year to be over to be honest, but it really doesn’t want to stick around!  I cannot believe it’s December, tomorrow!!!  Holy cow!

Well I best be off to do something with my idle, un-inspired mind, so so long for now!  (I plan to share a few beach pictures which I totally forgot about AND some pictures from the car show I went to which I also forgot to share!)

Much Love,

Jenny~

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Concert

Hi Blog!

On Thursday evening I went to a concert with my mom, Skylar, and a few friends of ours.  It was a Hillsong United concert, which I had never been to before, and it was very good!  I know a good handful of songs by Hillsong and I like them a lot so it was enjoyable to see them live (I love going to concerts)!

The opening song was called “The Stand” which is one of my favorite songs and it made me cry!  No joke!  I was literally crying.  It was very powerful.  Even though there were flashing lights and people going CRAZY and you’re sitting there thinking “are they really worshiping or just shaking to death?” it still brought tears to my eyes!  *sniff sniff*  Good tears.

They have a new album which I was unaware of, so I didn’t know a handful of the songs, and those ones were all new and “modern” and a little too hyped up for my taste, but it was a fun concert and they have good hearts and believe in good things and were really there to worship God!  We got to see a special preview for the movie Noah that’s coming out too!  One that no one else will get to see!  *suckers* 🙂

I read Jesus Calling that evening after the show and it went perfectly along with my day…so I thought.  Here it is:

Jesus Calling November 21st

Thank Me throughout this day for My Presence and My Peace.  These are gifts of supernatural proportions.  Ever since the resurrection, I have comforted My followers with these messages: Peace be with you, and I am with you always.  Listen as I offer you My Peace and Presence in full measure.  The best way to receive these glorious gifts is to thank Me for them.

It is impossible to spend too much time thanking and praising Me.  I created you first and foremost to glorify Me.  Thanksgiving and praise put you in proper relationship with Me, opening the way for My riches to flow into you.  As you thank Me for My Presence and Peace, you appropriate My richest gifts.

Luke 24:36; Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:15

In the moment when I was reading it on Thursday evening, I just really liked what it said! 🙂  I LOVE that devotional, which I’ve shared before; it’s an awesome one!

I have learned a lot of things.  Even if I sit here and complain about not learning certain things or not knowing certain things I have, for my young age, learned lots of important lessons, or at least been in many situations that I’ve learned from, and there is much more to learn!  One thing that I’ve learned and struggle with is freely worshiping my God!  Not throwing my hands to the sky and jumping up and down exactly, but just opening my heart and communing with Him during the time of worship in church or in my own room or just throughout the day!  Worship has always been one of my favorite ways to praise the Lord and it’s time I’m truly comfortable doing it.  There is no shame in praising and  worshiping our God!  None.

I plan to post much more often.  There hasn’t been a computer available for me to post from when I think about it!  My laptop is still dead and I’m pretty sure it will take a miracle to “resurrect” it! 😉  So until that happens I will try my best to share pictures and news and random things through whatever computer I get my hands on on a more regular basis!

Thank you for stopping by and may you have a blessed day and also as the time comes near to praising God with thanksgiving and giving thanks to Him for all the things in your life, I hope you will have many things to be thankful for and that your holiday will be a wonderful, yummy, and blessed one.  Much love, and God bless!

Jenny~

P.S. Here’s that song “The Stand”!  Hope you like it!