Nature I can admire alone
In its many different moods;
But even more I hold it dear
When at my side walks one so fair
That she outrivals every flower,
Tree and creature of the forest,
Her radiant and her beauteous being
Lighting up dim copse and glen.
Gentle as she the June air stirred
When on that balmy afternoon
We gaily took possession of
The Palisades and all their beauty;
Treading leafed, pine-needled paths
And coming on those towering
Ramparts of long-crumbling cliff
Older than all our ancestors
Ten thousand generations back.
We looked, enchanted, far beneath,
Across the lush and swaying green,
To the river, wind-rippled white;
To the foaming wake of motorboats,
To slow barges of grey gravel,
To hawks and seagulls flying low
And floating on the fitful breeze.
Then for a single exquisite moment
The whole pulsating world was ours;
Ours to hold close, together,
As Time stopped at our bidding.
Hidden deep in wooded charms,
We found a rare and pleasant stream
Flowing between giant boulders,
And making muted, cooling music.
Down its rugged bed we went,
Leaping boldly rock to rock;
And once you came full in my arms
In all your maiden slenderness.
We reached at last the precipice
With its resounding waterfall,
Cascading out of sight to feed
The quiet, tempting pool below.
You were my dearest comrade then,
Sharing the dearest thing on earth:
The marvelous caressing warmth
That flows between a man and woman.
This was the absolute goodness
Of knowing absolute beauty—
Pure, innocent, and unalloyed,
With Nature smiling on our joy.
Let us be forever grateful
For that exultant day we dared;
For our youth, our health, our sex,
For the sweet merging of our lives;
For the long reach of the Palisades,
For trails and trees and cliffs and views,
For singing bird and sounding stream,
For Nature endlessly creating.
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