Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. I. Of Home: of Friendship
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
Poems of Home: V. The Home
“I knew by the smoke that so gracefully curled”
Thomas Moore (1779–1852)
I KNEW by the smoke that so gracefully curled
  Above the green elms, that a cottage was near,
And I said, “If there ’s peace to be found in the world,
  A heart that is humble might hope for it here!”
It was noon, and on flowers that languished around        5
  In silence reposed the voluptuous bee;
Every leaf was at rest, and I heard not a sound
  But the woodpecker tapping the hollow beech-tree.
And “Here in this lone little wood,” I exclaimed,
  “With a maid who was lovely to soul and to eye,        10
Who would blush when I praised her, and weep if I blamed,
  How blest could I live, and how calm could I die!
“By the shade of yon sumach, whose red berry dips
  In the gush of the fountain, how sweet to recline,
And to know that I sighed upon innocent lips,        15
  Which had never been sighed on by any but mine!”

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