Leisure poem by William Henry Davies - printable PDF from handwritten calligraphy for you to download and print at home (frame not included)


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What is this life if, full of care
We have no time to stand and stare?

This classic poem reminds us to live slowly, mindfully - and is a favourite for countryside living. It makes a wonderful retirement gift.

Scanned and saved from a handwritten original calligraphy piece, the PDF file is for you to print at home. Nothing will be posted to you. As such, the frame is not included.

Decorated with a leafy watercolour branch

Full wording:


What is this life if, full of care
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.


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You'll get 5 jpeg files in different sizes.

A4 (29 x 21cm)
A3 (42 x 29cm)
8 x 10"
11 x 14"
16 x 20"
All will be 300 dpi (good quality for printing at home)



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