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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
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THE FOUNTAIN – 6 February 2009
By Mary T. Hoffman

For today I’ve chosen the following poem by the American poet James Russell Lowell:

James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

Into the sunshine,
Full of the light,
Leaping and flashing
From morn till night!
Into the moonlight,
Whiter than snow,
Waving so flower-like
When the winds blow!
Into the starlight,
Rushing in spray,
Happy at midnight,
Happy by day!
Ever in motion,
Blithesome and cheery.
Still climbing heavenward,
Never aweary –

Glad of all weathers,
Still seeming best,
Upward or downward,
Motion thy rest; –
Full of a nature
Nothing can tame,
Changed every moment,
Ever the same; –

Ceaseless aspiring,
Ceaseless content,
Darkness or sunshine
Thy element; –
Glorious fountain!
Let my heart be
Fresh, changeful, constant,
Upward, like thee!
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