The calm, the coolness, the silent grass-growing mood in which a man
ought always to compose,that, I fear, can seldom be mine.
Dollars damn me; and the malicious Devil is forever
grinning in upon me, holding the door ajar What
I feel most moved to write, that is banned,it will not
pay. So the product is a final hash, and all my books
are botches. Herman Melville Letter to Nathaniel Hawthorne, Jun.
heard a thousand blended notes, While in a grove I
sate reclined, In that sweet mood
when pleasant thoughts Bring sad thoughts
to the mind. William Wordsworth 'LinesWritten in Early Spring', stanza1.
My whole life have I lived in pleasant thought, As if life's
business were a summer mood; As if all needful
things would come unsought To genial faith,
still rich in genial good. William Wordsworth 'Resolution and Independence', stanza 6 (published1807).
For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in
pensive mood, They flash upon
that inward eye Which is the bliss
of solitude; And then my heart
wih pleasure fills, And dances with the
daffodils. William Wordsworth 'I wandered lonely as a cloud', stanza 4