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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI.  1876–79.
 
Switzerland: Rhine, the River
The Brook Rhine
Augusta Webster (1837–1894)
 
SMALL current of the wilds afar from men,
Changing and sudden as a baby’s mood;
Now a green babbling rivulet in the wood,
Now loitering broad and shallow through the glen,
Or threading mid the naked shoals, and then        5
Battling against the stones, half mist, half flood,
Betwixt the mountains where the storm-clouds brood;
And each change but to wake or sleep again;
Pass on, young stream, the world has need of thee:
Far hence a mighty river on its breast        10
Bears the deep-laden vessels to the sea,
Far hence wide waters feed the vines and corn:
Pass on, small stream, to so great purpose born,
On to the distant toil, the distant rest.
 
 
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