Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Song from the Suds

a poem by Louisa May Alcott


Queen of my tub, I merrily sing,
While the white foam raises high,
And sturdily wash, and rinse, and wring,
And fasten the clothes to dry;
Then out in the free fresh air they swing,
Under the sunny sky.

I wish we could wash from our hearts and our souls
The stains of the week away,
And let water and air by their magic make
Ourselves as pure as they;
Then on the earth there would be indeed
A glorious washing day!

Along the path of a useful life
Will heart's-ease ever bloom;
The busy mind has no time to think
Of sorrow, or care, or gloom;
And anxious thoughts may be swept away
As we busily wield a broom.

I am glad a task to me is given
To labor at day by day;
For it brings me health, and strength, and hope,
And I cheerfully learn to say-
"Head, you may think; heart, you may feel;
But hand, you shall work always!"

Louisa May Alcott

Vocabulary and Poems

O what a happy soul am I
Although I can not see!
I am resolved that in this world,
Contented I will be.

Fanny Crosby, 8 year old girl 1828

The above poem was written by an 8 year old girl back in 1828.  Her name was Fanny Crosby.  This may have been her very first poem.  She was blinded by an eye infection at six weeks old, and her father died when she was one year old.  Her blindness did not hinder her attitude, or her faith in Christ.

Vocabulary words to study

  • soul
  • although
  • resolved
  • contented
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