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First Line: How swift and smooth this water glinters past!
Last Line: My spirit seems in readiness to die.
Alternate Author Name(s): Blunden, Edmund
Subject(s): Water


How swift and smooth this water glinters past!
The dark green mosses of its twinkling lane
Are trailed like pennons fully unfurled, astrain:
These shallows hold the boundless cloudland glassed.
And often as you watch the surly blast
Drives uncouth shadows in a darkening train
Through the bright voiceless brook: far off they wane,
Like phantom fishes, fleet and wild and vast.

And some have found most strange and magical
The fascination of a serpent's eye;
But gloating on this water running by
My tranced thought slumbers and my senses fall
Like ebbing tides; and lulled, enchanted, all
My spirit seems in readiness to die.





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