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HYMNS OF A HERMIT: 4, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The stream of life from fountains flow
Last Line: And make thy calm of being mine!
Subject(s): Hermits

THE stream of life from fountains flows,
Conceal'd by sacred woods and caves:
From crag to dell uncheck'd it goes,
And, hurrying fast from where it rose,
In foam and flash exulting raves.

But straight below the torrent's leap,
Serenely bright its effluence lies,
And waves that thunder'd down the steep
Are hush'd in quiet, mute and deep,
Reflecting rock, and trees, and skies.

And mid the pool, disturb'd yet clear,
The noisy gush that feeds it still
Is seen again descending sheer,
A cataract within the mere,
As bright as down the hill.

A living picture, smooth and true,
Of headlong fight and restless power,
Whose burst for ever feeds anew
The lake of fresh and silver dew
That paints and drinks the stormy shower.

So Thought, with crystal mirror, shows
Our human joy, and strife, and pain;
And ghostly dreams, and passion's woes,
The tide of failures, hates, and foes,
Are softly figured there again.

Do Thou, who pourest forth our days,
With all their floods of life divine,
Bestow thy Spirit's peaceful gaze,
To still the surge those tumults raise,
And make thy calm of being mine!

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