Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TWO RIVERS, by RALPH WALDO EMERSON



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First Line: Thy summer voice, musketaquit, / repeats the music of the rain
Last Line: And ages drop in it like rain.
Subject(s): Concord River, Massachusetts; Rivers


THY summer voice, Musketaquit,
Repeats the music of the rain;
But sweeter rivers pulsing flit
Through thee, as thou through Concord Plain.

Thou in thy narrow banks art pent:
The stream I love unbounded goes
Through flood and sea and firmament;
Through light, through life, it forward flows.

I see the inundation sweet,
I hear the spending of the stream
Through years, through men, through nature fleet,
Through love and thought, through power and dream.

Musketaquit, a goblin strong,
Of shard and flint makes jewels gay;
They lose their grief who hear his song,
And where he winds is the day of day.

So forth and brighter fares my stream, --
Who drink it shall not thirst again;
No darkness stains its equal gleam,
And ages drop in it like rain.





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