Summer Sun

Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.

Though closer still the blinds we pull
To keep the shady parlour cool,
Yet he will find a chink or two
To slip his golden fingers through.

The dusty attic spider-clad
He, through the keyhole, maketh glad;
And through the broken edge of tiles
Into the laddered hay-loft smiles.

Meantime his golden face around
He bares to all the garden ground,
And sheds a warm and glittering look
Among the ivy's inmost nook.

Above the hills, along the blue,
Round the bright air with footing true,
To please the child, to paint the rose,
The gardener of the World, he goes.

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Comments (10)

A beautiful poem i enjoyed reading.
Nice poem, I really enjoyed it....I am not sure when this was written but in today's context this poem is so true and natural.
The author is Kendrew Lascelles- posted by Mary Heibeck (below) has the correct facts. I happen to own a 1st Edition book that was published in 1974 by Nash Publishing, Los Angeles. Library of Congress catalog card #73-92960. It should be read every day on the nightly news
I remember both Smothers Brothers shows. The Smothers Brothers were my favorite and I clearly remember Geoffrey Lewis reading The Box for the first time and also Jack Lemmon reading it during the later show. I fell in love with the poem and have a written copy I keep. I do not know the author. Henry Gibson did some similar poems, but I don't think he ever read The Box. For a generation that struggled with the Vietnam War this poem was very powerful.
Hi, I'm glad you guys like the poem, but Lascelles Abercrombie is NOT the author. The true author is Kendrew Lacelles, and it was recited on the Smothers Brothers's show because he was once a writer for them. Kendrew is alive and kicking in LA, with a few screen play credits and a newly published novel. If you check the old John Denver disk, he is credited there with the poem, and several other places as well. And it was Jack Lemon who recited the poem, I have it on VHS. I also have a recording of Kendrew reciting the poem. I hope this site gets it correct soon! It is a brilliant poem by a brilliant man.
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