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Lucy Larcom

  • Whatever with the past is gone, / the best is always yet to come.

    • Lucy Larcom,
    • "Thirty-Five," The Poetical Works of Lucy Larcom ()
  • We are but human plants, with power to shut / In upon self our own impoverished lives, / Refusing light and growth.

    • Lucy Larcom,
    • "A White Sunday," The Poetical Works of Lucy Larcom ()
  • If the world seems cold to you, / Kindle fires to warm it!

    • Lucy Larcom,
    • "Three Old Saws," The Poetical Works of Lucy Larcom ()
  • The religion of our fathers overhung us children like the shadow of a mighty tree against the trunk of which we rested, while we looked up in wonder through the great boughs that half hid and half revealed the sky. Some of the boughs were already decaying, so that perhaps we began to see a little more of the sky than our elders; but the tree was sound at its heart ...

  • My 'must-have' was poetry. From the first, life meant that to me. And, fortunately, poetry is not purchasable material, but an atmosphere in which every life may expand. I found it everywhere about me ...

  • ... I learned what education really is: the penetrating deeper and rising higher into life, as well as making continually wider explorations; the rounding of the whole human being out of its nebulous elements into form, as planets and suns are rounded, until they give out safe and steady light. This makes the process a infinite one, not possible to be completed at any school.

  • I do not own an inch of land, / But all I see is mine, — / The orchard and the mowing-fields, / The lawns and gardens fine. / The winds my tax-collectors are, / They bring me tithes divine ...

    • Lucy Larcom,
    • "A Strip of Blue," in Edmund Clarence Stedman, An American Anthology 1787-1900 ()
  • He who plants a tree / Plants a hope.

    • Lucy Larcom,
    • "Plant a Tree," in American Motherhood ()

Lucy Larcom, U.S. poet, mill worker

(1826 - 1893)