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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
I. To the River Tees
By Edmund Peel
 
TEES! if the wells we draw from shed no light,
  Thou hast a voice to gladden thy green dale,
  Till the rocks founder and the mountains fail.
  Plunge, and roll on, in full harmonious might,
Based on primeval adamantine right!        5
  Wind out, and reach, and murmur down the vale;
  Or in a torrent, white as stony hail,
  Strike the deep caves of thunder, black as night,
Whose walls stand fast forever! What am I
  Thy depths to fathom, or to wield thy force,        10
  Or of thy shoals to babble, Various One?
We came alike from yonder equal sky.
  Could I but run thy clear and sonorous course,
  Rejoicing thousands, disappointing none!
 
 
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