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What Is This Life If Full Of Care, We Have No Time To Stand And Stare.

If anyone asks me about my favorite lines from any English poetry, I would always mention the first 2 lines of the poem titled "Leisure" by William Henry Davies. The poem has been my favorite since my school days. I studied this poem during my Secondary/Higher Secondary School education and since then I have loved these lines.

The poem goes like this :

What is this life if full of care,We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughsAnd stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth canEnrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this, if full of care, We have no time to stand and stare.

 

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