"I Broke the Spell That Held Me Long"

Author: William Cullen Bryant  | Date: 1832

I BROKE THE SPELL THAT HELD ME LONG

I broke the spell that held me long,

The dear, dear witchery of song.

I said, the poet’s idle lore

Shall waste my prime of years no more,

For Poetry, though heavenly born,

Consorts with poverty and scorn.

I broke the spell- nor deemed its power

Could fetter me another hour.

Ah, thoughtless! how could I forget

Its causes were around me yet?

For wheresoe’er I looked, the while,

Was Nature’s everlasting smile.

Still came and lingered on my sight

Of flowers and streams the bloom and light,

And glory of the stars and sun;-

And these and poetry are one.

They, ere the world had held me long,

Recalled me to the love of song.

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