From the Flats
- Year Published: 1891
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Ward, W.H. (Ed.). (1891). The Poetry of Sidney Lanier.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 7.2
- Word Count: 182
Lanier, S. (1891). From the Flats. Florida: Essays and Poems (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved January 28, 2023, from
Lanier, Sidney. "From the Flats." Florida: Essays and Poems. Lit2Go Edition. 1891. Web. <>. January 28, 2023.
Sidney Lanier, "From the Flats," Florida: Essays and Poems, Lit2Go Edition, (1891), accessed January 28, 2023,.
WHAT heartache—ne’er a hill!
Inexorable, vapid, vague, and chill
The drear sand-levels drain my spirit low.
With one poor word they tell me all they know;
Whereat their stupid tongues, to tease my pain,
Do drawl it o’er again and o’er again.
They hurt my heart with griefs I cannot name:
Always the same, the same.
Nature hath no surprise,
No ambuscade of beauty ‘gainst mine eyes
From brake or lurking dell or deep defile;
No humors, frolic forms—this mile, that mile;
No rich reserves or happy-valley hopes
Beyond the bends of roads, the distant slopes.
Her fancy fails, her wild is all run tame:
Ever the same, the same.
Oh, might I through these tears
But glimpse some hill my Georgia high uprears,
Where white the quartz and pink the pebble shine,
The hickory heavenward strives, the muscadine
Swings o’er the slope, the oak’s far-falling shade
Darkens the dogwood in the bottom glade,
And down the hollow from a ferny nook
Bright leaps a living brook!