The Days Gone By

Pines


O the days gone by! O the days gone by!

The apples in the orchard, and the pathway through the rye;

The chirrup of the robin, and the whistle of the quail

As he piped across the meadows sweet as any nightingale;

When the bloom was on the clover, and the blue was in the sky,

And my happy heart brimmed over in the days gone by.


In the days gone by, when my naked feet were tripped

By the honey-suckle's tangles where the water-lilies dipped,

And the ripples of the river lipped the moss along the brink

Where the placid-eyed and lazy-footed cattle came to drink,

And the tilting snipe stood fearless of the truant's wayward cry

And the splashing of the swimmer, in the days gone by.


O the days gone by! O the days gone by!

The music of the laughing lip, the luster of the eye;

The childish faith in fairies, and Aladdin's magic ring -

The simple, soul-reposing, glad belief in everything, - 

When life was like a story, holding neither sob nor sigh,

In the golden olden glory of the days gone by. 


by James Withcomb Riley. Riley (1849-1916) was an American writer and poet.



Facebook Twitter 500PX / InstagramYouTube / Photos & content © 2011-2017 Mihaela Limberea All rights reserved.