Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, UNDER THE PLANE TREE, by JOHN LAWSON STODDARD

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First Line: Under my wall / and plane-tree tall
Last Line: The home in which they find repose.
Subject(s): Lakes; Plane Trees; Rivers; Sea; Pools; Ponds; Sycamores; Ocean

Under my wall
And plane-tree tall
The lake's blue wavelets rise and fall;
In they creep,
Out they sweep,
And ever their rhythmic measure keep,
As the light breeze over the water steals,
And fills the sails of a score of keels.

Soft and low,
In the evening glow,
Murmurs the fountain's ceaseless flow;
Clear and sweet,
Fair and fleet,
It came from the mountain, the lake to meet,
And here, where ivy and roses twine,
Streamlet and lake their lives combine.

One by one,
In shade or sun,
Each river of life its course must run;
Slow or fast,
Small or vast,
All come to the waiting sea at last, --
The source from which they first arose,
The home in which they find repose.

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