‘All nature has a feeling’ by John Clare

Killiecrankie autumn (30)

All nature has a feeling:  woods, fields, brooks
Are life eternal:  and in silence they
Speak happiness beyond the reach of books;
There’s nothing mortal in them;  their decay
Is the green life of change;  to pass away
And come again in blooms revivified.
Its birth was heaven, eternal in its stay,
And with the sun and moon shall still abide
Beneath their day and night and heaven wide.

John Clare (1793-1864)

Sycamore leaves © Jo Woolf


  1. Norma Dowling says:

    Thank you Jo for reminding me of that quotation from John Clare!
    I look forward to your posts and love the photos – always make me calm down and realise how beautiful the world is even if world events are upsetting. The colours on Mull are really good this year. I think autumn is my favourite season, especially when I have and extra hour in the day!

    • I’m very glad you enjoyed this, Norma, and thank you for your kind comment! I am so glad my blog has that effect. We have noticed the colours around here, too – they seem especially brilliant this year, and we’re getting lots of sunshine to enjoy them in.

  2. Beautifully put! I like to think, too, that as we go into our season of “dying” in the southern hemisphere there is rebirth. Circles within circles, ever-changing.

  3. What a beautiful piece of writing! And your photo is perfect with it!

  4. Wonderful. I haven’t heard that for years. Glorious photos too. All the best. Karen

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