in Thoreau’s Journal:
The school-boy loitered on his way to school.
Scorning to live so rare a day by rule.
So mild the air a pleasure ’t was to breathe.
For what seems heaven above was earth beneath.
Soured neighbors chatted by the garden pale.
Nor quarrelled who should drive the needed nail;
The most unsocial made new friends that day.
As when the sun shines husbandmen make hay.
How long I slept I know not, but at last
I felt my consciousness returning fast.
For Zephyr rustled past with leafy tread,
And heedlessly with one heel grazed my head.
My eyelids opened on a field of blue,
For close above a nodding violet grew;
A part of heaven it seemed, which one could scent.
Its blue commingling with the firmament.