Out of doors how children mingle with nature, and seem to begin just where birds and butterflies leave off!
, with his delicate perceptions, paints this well: “The voices of children seem as natural to the early morning as the voice of the birds.
The suddenness, the lightness, the loudness, the sweet confusion, the sparkling gayety, seem alike in both.
The sudden little jangle is now here and now there; and now a single voice calls to another, and the boy is off like the bird.”
, with deeper thoughtfulness, noticed the “intimacy with the trees” of the little wood-gatherer in the Hartz Mountains
; soon the child whistled like a linnet, and the other birds all answered him; then he disappeared in the thicket with his bare feet and his bundle of brushwood.
“Children,” thought Heine
, “are younger than we, and can still remember the time when they were trees or birds, and can therefore understand and speak their language; but we are grown old, and have too many cares, and too much jurisprudence and bad poetry in our heads.”
But why go to literature for a recognition of what one may see by opening one's eyes?