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Quote, January 30, 2011

Posted by ejmoore510 7 (My Page) on
Sun, Jan 30, 11 at 9:11

ALL the bells of heaven may ring,
All the birds of heaven may sing,
All the wells on earth may spring,
All the winds on earth may bring
All sweet sounds together---
Sweeter far than all things heard,
Hand of harper, tone of bird,
Sound of woods at sundawn stirred,
Welling water's winsome word,
Wind in warm wan weather,

One thing yet there is, that none
Hearing ere its chime be done
Knows not well the sweetest one
Heard of man beneath the sun,
Hoped in heaven hereafter;
Soft and strong and loud and light,
Very sound of very light
Heard from morning's rosiest height,
When the soul of all delight
Fills a child's clear laughter.

Golden bells of welcome rolled
Never forth such notes, nor told
Hours so blithe in tones so bold,
As the radiant mouth of gold
Here that rings forth heaven.
If the golden-crested wren
Were a nightingale---why, then,
Something seen and heard of men
Might be half as sweet as when
Laughs a child of seven.

A Child's Laughter by Algernon Charles Swinburne


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RE: Quote, January 30, 2011

I love this poem.

Here is a link that might be useful: laughing,laughing,laughing,laughing


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RE: Quote, January 30, 2011

I was not familiar with this poem, but I am now and I like it. I spent yesterday evening at my g'son's first birthday party and it was an exercise in pure joy for me. There is no other sound so happy than a child's laughter.


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RE: Quote, January 30, 2011

Thank E.J. always look forward to your poems on the quotes. This is a good one.


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RE: Quote, January 30, 2011

EJ...Love that poem!
mwoods, thanks for that site, that is just too much! I've seen those four babies before but that is so hilarious !


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RE: Quote, January 30, 2011

Thanks EJ Steve in frigid Baltimore County


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RE: Quote, January 30, 2011

Did not know the poem either, but love it. Last summer one of my neighbors had little visitors, about 3 and 5 years old. I could not see them in the yard, but they laughed so happily that I had to laugh too, even if I did not know what it was about.


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