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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VII. Descriptive: Narrative.  1904.
 
Descriptive Poems: III. Places
The Nile
Leigh Hunt (1784–1859)
 
IT flows through old, hushed Ægypt and its sands,
  Like some grave, mighty thought threading a dream;
  And times and things, as in that vision, seem
Keeping along it their eternal stands,—
Caves, pillars, pyramids, the shepherd bands        5
  That roamed through the young world, the glory extreme
  Of high Sesostris, and that southern beam,
The laughing queen that caught the world’s great hands.
Then comes a mightier silence, stern and strong,
As of a world left empty of its throng,        10
  And the void weighs on us; and then we wake,
And hear the fruitful stream lapsing along
  ’Twixt villages, and think how we shall take
  Our own calm journey on for human sake.
 
 
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