Great, Wide, Beautiful, Wonderful World

William Brighty Rands 1823 (Chelsea, Middlesex) – 1882 (East Dulwich, London)



Great, wide, beautiful, wonderful World,
With the wonderful water round you curled,
And the wonderful grass upon your breast--
World, you are beautifully drest.

The wonderful air is over me,
And the wonderful wind is shaking the tree,
It walks on the water, and whirls the mills,
And talks to itself on the tops of the hills.

You friendly Earth! how far do you go,
With the wheat-fields that nod and the rivers that flow,
With cities and gardens, and cliffs, and isles,
And people upon you for thousands of miles?

Ah, you are so great, and I am so small,
I tremble to think of you, World, at all;
And yet, when I said my prayers to-day,
A whisper inside me seemed to say,
"You are more than the Earth, though you are such a dot:
You can love and think, and the Earth cannot!"

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on May 04, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AAXA BBCC DDEE FFGGHH
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 783
Words 149
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 6

William Brighty Rands

William Brighty Rands (24 December 1823, Chelsea, Middlesex — 23 April 1882, East Dulwich, London) was a British writer and one of the major authors of nursery rhymes of the Victorian era.  more…

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