Nature

As a fond mother, when the day is o’er,  Leads by the hand her little child to bed,  Half willing, half reluctant to be led,  And leave his broken playthings on the floor,  Still gazing at them through the open door,  Nor wholly reassured and comforted  By promises of others in their stead,  Which, though more splendid, may not please him more;  So Nature deals with us, and takes away  Our playthings one by one, and by the hand  Leads us to rest so gently, that we go  Scarce knowing if we wish to go or stay,  Being too full of sleep to understand  How far the unknown transcends the what we know. 
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Nature

As a fond mother, when the day is o’er,

Leads by the hand her little child to bed,

Half willing, half reluctant to be led,

And leave his broken playthings on the floor,

Still gazing at them through the open door,

Nor wholly reassured and comforted

By promises of others in their stead,

Which, though more splendid, may not please him more;

So Nature deals with us, and takes away

Our playthings one by one, and by the hand

Leads us to rest so gently, that we go

Scarce knowing if we wish to go or stay,

Being too full of sleep to understand

How far the unknown transcends the what we know.

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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