Verse > John Greenleaf Whittier > The Poetical Works in Four Volumes
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892).  The Poetical Works in Four Volumes.  1892.
Poems by Elizabeth H. Whittier
The Meeting Waters
CLOSE beside the meeting waters,
  Long I stood as in a dream,
Watching how the little river
  Fell into the broader stream.
Calm and still the mingled current        5
  Glided to the waiting sea;
On its breast serenely pictured
  Floating cloud and skirting tree.
And I thought, “O human spirit!
  Strong and deep and pure and blest,        10
Let the stream of my existence
  Blend with thine, and find its rest!”
I could die as dies the river,
  In that current deep and wide;
I would live as live its waters,        15
  Flashing from a stronger tide!

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