Posted by: Tom Triumph | December 28, 2010

124. There is Pleasure in the Pathless Woods: Lord George Gordon Byron

The epithet from the movie “Into the Wild”.

Winter break, with very cold temperatures and two squirrelly boys and I realize we need to go out. Bundle up and grab the sleds, shovels… whatever. Get out. Out of the comfort of the inside. Get out.

There is Pleasure in the Pathless Woods
from Childe Harold, Canto iv, Verse 178
Lord George Gordon Byron

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.

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