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Thomas Cole's poetry

the collected poems of America's foremost painter of the Hudson River School reflecting his feelings for nature and the romantic spirit of the Nineteenth Century

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When leaves seem trembling with delight
Upon the twilight sky
And eve-clouds in the purple light
Are wasting silently,—
When from the depth of some brown wood
The cataract's spray ascends,
Or in the clear and trembling flood
The moon its radiance blends,
That is the hour I think of thee—
For thou more beautiful than they
Canst gaze and feel like me,
But leaves, and clouds, and cataract's spray,
And water moon-lit tremblingly,
Feel not—nor lovible thoughts have they
To turn to one who wanders far away.