Classic and Contemporary Poetry
THE RIVER, by CAROLINE ANNE BOWLES SOUTHEY Poet's Biography
First Line: River! River! Little river! / bright you sparkle on your way
Last Line: Like eternity.
Alternate Author Name(s): Bowles, Caroline Anne
River! river! little river!
Bright you sparkle on your way;
O'er the yellow pebbles dancing,
Through the flowers and foliage glancing,
Like a child at play.
River! river! swelling river!
On you rush o'er rough and smooth;
Louder, faster, brawling, leaping
Over rocks, by rose-banks sweeping,
Like impetuous youth.
River! river! brimming river!
Broad, and deep, and still as Time;
Seeming still, yet still in motion,
Tending onward to the ocean,
Just like mortal prime.
River! river! rapid river!
Swifter now you slip away;
Swift and silent as an arrow,
Through a channel dark and narrow,
Like life's closing day.
River! river! headlong river!
Down you dash into the sea;
Sea, that line hath never sounded,
Sea, that voyage hath never rounded,
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