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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IV. The Higher Life.  1904.
IV. Sabbath: Worship: Creed
Living Waters
Caroline S. Spencer
THERE are some hearts like wells, green-mossed and deep
      As ever Summer saw;
And cool their water is,—yea, cool and sweet;—
      But you must come to draw.
They hoard not, yet they rest in calm content,        5
      And not unsought will give;
They can be quiet with their wealth unspent,
      So self-contained they live.
And there are some like springs, that bubbling burst
      To follow dusty ways,        10
And run with offered cup to quench his thirst
      Where the tired traveller strays;
That never ask the meadows if they want
      What is their joy to give;—
Unasked, their lives to other life they grant,        15
      So self-bestowed they live!
And One is like the ocean, deep and wide,
      Wherein all waters fall;
That girdles the broad earth, and draws the tide,
      Feeding and bearing all;        20
That broods the mists, that sends the clouds abroad,
      That takes, again to give;—
Even the great and loving heart of God,
      Whereby all love doth live.

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