Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE MEETING WATERS, by ELIZABETH H. WHITTIER



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First Line: Close beside the meeting waters
Last Line: Flashing from a stronger tide!


CLOSE beside the meeting waters,
Long I stood as in a dream,
Watching how the little river
Fell into the broader stream.

Calm and still the mingled current
Glided to the waiting sea;
On its breast serenely pictured
Floating cloud and skirting tree.

And I thought, "O human spirit!
Strong and deep and pure and blest,
Let the stream of my existence
Blend with thine, and find its rest!"

I could die as dies the river,
In that current deep and wide;
I would live as live its waters,
Flashing from a stronger tide!





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