Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TO A FRIEND, by JOHN GARDINER CALKINS BRAINARD

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First Line: I saw two clouds at morning
Last Line: A purer sky, where all is peace.
Variant Title(s): Epithalamium
Subject(s): Calm; Love; Placid; Undisturbed; Tranquility

I SAW two clouds at morning,
Tinged by the rising sun,
And in the dawn they floated on,
And mingled into one;
I thought that morning cloud was blest,
It moved so sweetly to the west.
I saw two summer currents
Flow smoothly to their meeting,
And join their course, with silent force,
In peace each other greeting;
Calm was their course through banks of green,
While dimpling eddies played between.
Such be your gentle motion,
Till life's last pulse shall beat;
Like summer's beam, and summer's stream,
Float on, in joy, to meet
A calmer sea, where storms shall cease,
A purer sky, where all is peace.

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