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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
A Petition to Time
By Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall) (1787–1874)
TOUCH us gently, Time!
  Let us glide adown thy stream
Gently,—as we sometimes glide
  Through a quiet dream!
Humble voyagers are We,        5
Husband, wife, and children three—
(One is lost,—an angel, fled
To the azure overhead!)
Touch us gently, Time!
  We’ve not proud nor soaring wings;        10
Our ambition, our content
  Lies in simple things.
Humble voyagers are We,
O’er Life’s dim unsounded sea,
Seeking only some calm clime:—        15
Touch us gently, gentle Time!

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