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Daily Meditation: Poetry Of Earth

02/24/2015 09:33 am ET | Updated Feb 24, 2015

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Today's meditation features a piece by iconic English poet John Keats. The poem conjures the potency of nature, celebrating the "poetry of earth" which never dies.

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On the Grasshopper and Cricket by John Keats

The Poetry of earth is never dead:
When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,
And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead;
That is the Grasshopper’s—he takes the lead
In summer luxury,—he has never done
With his delights; for when tired out with fun
He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed.
The poetry of earth is ceasing never:
On a lone winter evening, when the frost
Has wrought a silence, from the stove there shrills
The Cricket’s song, in warmth increasing ever,
And seems to one in drowsiness half lost,
The Grasshopper’s among some grassy hills.

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