An Old-Time Lay

Where your brood seven lie,
Float in calm heavenly,
Life passing evenly,
Waterfowl, waterfowl! often I dream
For a rest
Like your nest,
Skirting the stream.

Shine the sun tearfully
Ere the clouds clear fully,
Still you skim cheerfully,
Swallow, oh! swallow swift! often I sigh
For a home
Where you roam
Nearing the sky!

Guileless of pondering;
Swallow-eyes wandering;
Seeking no fonder ring
Than the rose-garland Love gives thee apart!
Grant me soon--
Blessed boon!
Home in thy heart!

by Victor Marie Hugo

Comments (3)

I believe that this poem is about trying to find out more to the story than just the facts. I believe is discussing the matter of recieving a deeper and stronger meaning in the topic than what you can read in a book. You can gain knowledge facts, and opinions, and feelings when your learing about something through someone who was there rather than a book. Opinions, beliefs, and feelings can all be expressed through art, (like a story or painting) but history books tend to be based more on facts.
in the poem 'i was looking a long while' whitman is saying that books or a library might not be the best way to find out pieces of history. you can find it in the lives of people today and in different peoples languages, social customs, literatures, and arts, like whitman said.
In this poem, Whitman talks about how he found a clue of history and the past. He found this in the 'languages, social customs, literature, and arts.' He means that the history of different countries carry their history through their customs and arts and such. So therefore the history was carried on through the ages.