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Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967).  The Old Huntsman and Other Poems.  1918.

39. Noah

WHEN old Noah stared across the floods, 
Sky and water melted into one 
Looking-glass of shifting tides and sun. 
Mountain-tops were few: the ship was foul: 
All the morn old Noah marvelled greatly         5
At this weltering world that shone so stately, 
Drowning deep the rivers and the plains. 
Through the stillness came a rippling breeze; 
Noah sighed, remembering the green trees. 
Clear along the morning stooped a bird,—  10
Lit beside him with a blossomed sprig. 
Earth was saved; and Noah danced a jig. 



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